Despite being elected thrice to the Lok Sabha from Chandrapur, a small town in Vidarbha, few people in his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, knew of Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, or paid him any notice. Not anymore.
In fact, he's quite the star now as the man who single-handedly brought to light the alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks by the United Progressive Alliance government between 2006 and 2009.
Now senior leaders of the BJP leadership have started to smile at him, and party elder Lal Krishna Advani even waved at him when he saw him in the corridors of Parliament.
Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, has found a nickname for him - 'coal nayak'.
Text: Business Standard