Political and human rights activist Irom Sharmila on Tuesday launched the People's Resurgence Justice Alliance, a political party with which she aims to contest elections in the north-eastern state of Manipur.
She had declared in August that she wanted to become the chief minister of Manipur so that she could repeal the contentious AFSPA in the state. She had also met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal previously to get his advice on how to win the elections and ‘defeat major political parties.’ She had also expressed a demand to meet PM Narendra Modi in the same regard.
Tha AFSPA is an act of the Parliament of India that grants special powers to the Armed forces in disturbed areas. Sharmila was against the shooting and arrest of many innocents under AFSPA.
44-year old Sharmila who had been fasting for 16 years in protest of the Armed Forces (Special) Act (AFSPA) and was released on bail after she signed a Personal Recognition Bond on August 9.
Known as the ‘Iron Lady’, Irom Sharmila was acquitted in section 309 i.e. attempt to commit suicide as she would refuse to eat anything continuing the indefinite hunger strike.