In an indication of his growing confidence in the face of weakened cases against him, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on Monday filed nomination papers to contest from Majhgaon, which votes on December 2.
Koda, who represented Singhbhum in the last Lok Sabha, had decided not to contest the general election and chose to field Jagannathpur MLA and wife Geeta Koda instead. She came a creditable second to BJP’s Laxman Gilua. Koda said his Jai Bharat Samanta Party will contest at least 17 seats this time. “We will contest five seats in the Palamu and 12 in Kolhan…. We had contested eight seats last time,” he said.
The former CM appeared confident as corruption cases against him look weak. Of the five cases initially registered against him, only three are effectively pending now.
The CBI had in November last year registered a closure report in the case alleging a representative of Koda received Rs 11.4 crore as kickbacks for a Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme tender. Earlier in March, the Jharkhand High Court had quashed a Vigilance case against him.
Koda, the first Independent legislator to become CM, is on bail in all the cases.