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Irom Sharmila launches her party in Imphal

Manipur's human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who ended her epic hunger strike on August 9, launched her party 'People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance' (PRJA).

Published: 18th October 2016 02:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2016 04:19 PM   |  A+A-

Irom Sharmila PTI

Irom Chanu Sharmila | PTI

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Manipur's human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who ended her epic hunger strike on August 9, launched her party 'People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance' (PRJA) on Tuesday to take her fight against the 'draconian' Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) forward. 

The PRJA was launched at a press conference in Manipur capital Imphal. Erendro Leichonbam was elected as its convenor and Sharmila as the co-convenor. 

According to sources, PRJA will field 20 candidates in next year's Manipur elections. Sharmila, the sources said, would contest in two seats, including in one against Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. 

A fortnight ahead of her release, the activist had announced that she would contest the polls to bring positive changes to Manipur. 

Nearly 16 years after she had launched her movement protesting against the killings of 10 civilians, allegedly by the Assam Rifles at Malom on the outskirts of Imphal, and demanding the repeal of AFSPA, Sharmila had ended her fast. On the same day, she was released from the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, which was virtually turned into a jail for her during the years of her arrest. 

She had announced that she would join politics and contest the polls against Ibobi. She had also asserted that she would like to become the CM. 

She alleged that the Ibobi government had done very little for Manipur's overall development. 



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