Irom Sharmila will enter mainstream politics to contest polls in Manipur

| Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 18:17
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New Delhi: Irom Sharmila, who ended her 16-year-old fast against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) on Tuesday, said that she will enter mainstream politics to fight elections next year. 
While speaking to NewsX the 'Iron lady of Manipur' said that she wants to contest elections and be the future Chief Minister of Manipur.
The 44-year old will end her hunger strike at a local court earlier today.
While addressing media, Sharmila said, "I want to join politics as I've been called the Iron lady of Manipur and I want to live upto that name."
She also questioned the attitude of the media saying, "I don't understand why some radical groups are against me wanting to get into politics?"
In July this year, Sharmila had announced the decision to end her fast. She had also spoken about her plans to get married and contest the upcoming assembly polls in Manipur. 
The human rights activist began her fast in 2000 after Assam Rifles gunned down 10 civilians at a bus stop in Malom and since then had been demanding removal of AFSPA from the state.
Despite her hunger strike, AFSPA continues to be in effect in many parts of northeastern India as well as Kashmir and gives security forces sweeping powers to search and shoot at sight. 


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