Irom Sharmila forms new political party, to contest against Ibobi

Irom Sharmila forms new political party, to contest against Ibobi

Imphal, Oct 18 (IANS) Human rights activist Irom Sharmila launched a new political party, ‘People Resurgence and Justice Alliance’ in Imphal on Tuesday.

She said she will contest against Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi from Thoubal constituency in the 2017 assembly elections. She will also contest from Khurai, her home constituency, she added.

Sharmila said, “I want to become the Chief Minister to repeal the AFSPA… since Ibobi has kept all sections of the people in his constituency satisfied they may reject me. But I want to know whether people in other districts in general and the hills in particular are well looked after. Since my mission is to repeal the AFSPA I am throwing the gauntlet to the Chief Minister.”

She further disclosed that her party will field 20 candidates and names of four candidates have been finalised.

Earlier in the day, she visited Johnstone Higher Secondary School in the heart of Imphal city where the first session of the elected Assembly of Manipur was held on October 18, 1948.

“Since this is the cornerstone of democracy I have come seeking blessings,” Sharmila said.

Sharmila, known as India’s ‘Iron Lady’, had in August broken her 16-year-long fast against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and said that she would contest the Manipur Assembly elections due in 2017. She had been fasting since November 2, 2000.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here