Madhu Koda is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Jharkhand from 2006 to 2008. He was sworn in as the fifth Chief Minister of Jharkhand on September 18, 2006 and remained in office until he resigned on 23 August 2008; he was succeeded by Shibu Soren. He had eight ministers in his cabinet. Koda is the third independent legislator to assume the office of chief minister of an Indian state, after Bishwanath Das in Orissa in 1971 and S. F. Khonglam in Meghalaya in 2002. Madhu Koda began his political career as an activist with the All Jharkhand Students Union, and eventually became associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He won in the 2000 Assembly elections from Jaganathpur as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. In the government headed by Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, Madhu became the Panchayati Raj Minister. He subsequently held
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