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Irom Sharmila to take on CM Ibobi in Manipur elections

Irom Sharmila, who was on fast for 16 years to demand the repeal of Afspa, today formally announced that she will stand up against Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in assembly polls. Sharmila ended
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India TV Politics Desk Imphal January 02, 2017 21:22 IST

Irom Sharmila, who was on fast for 16 years to demand the repeal of Afspa, today formally announced that she will stand up against Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in assembly polls.

Sharmila ended her fast against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or Afspa on August 9 last year, and formed the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) with an aim to become the chief minister and repeal the act. Okram Ibobi Singh has been the chief minister for the last three terms after getting elected from Thoubal constituency.

Sharmila said: “During his 15 years of leadership he has not done anything to repeal Afspa. Since I realise that no politician shall repeal it, I am planning to contest the election, become the chief minister and repeal it.”

The chief minister accused her of not speaking the truth.

Ibobi said Afspa was lifted from seven assembly segments in the Imphal Municipal Corporation with a promise to lift from other areas if there was a positive response.

Referring to the general impression that she had given up her campaign against Afspa, Sharmila said: “It is my unshakable objective to repeal it. I have merely changed tactics.”

 

(With IANS inputs)

 

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