Free Press Journal

Irom forms own party to contest Ibobi


Imphal : Rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who ended her 16-year long fast she undertook in August to demand repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur, today formed a political party.

She said she would take on Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, in his constituency, Thoubal,  in the Assembly polls next year. The name of her party “People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance” was announced at the Johnstone Higher Secondary School in Imphal.

On the day she had broken her fast, she had let known her desire to form a political party to contest the Assembly election. Interacting with the media, the 44-year-old activist sought the blessings of the people in her endeavour to enter active politics. Later, at the Manipur Press Club, she said she would contest the election from Thoubal and also from Khurai Assembly constituencies. She said she wanted to tell the masses that she had the “guts” to challenge the chief minister himself on his own turf, but pointed out that her decision might not be appreciated by the electorates in that constituency.

Sharmila had earlier said her sole agenda to contest the elections was to have the AFSPA repealed from Manipur. -PTI