Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila ends 16-year-fast, raspires to become Manipur CM

Rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila had conceded to end her 16-year-fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). She also expressed her ambitious desire to become Chief Minister and serve the people of Manipur.

Speaking to media after breaking her hunger strike, Sharmila who dubbed as ‘Iron Lady’ want to do justification to the name and live up to aspirations of people.

“From today onwards, I have ended my fast. I want to join politics as I’ve been called the Iron lady of Manipur and I want to live up to that name,” she said.

Asked about the threats from radical groups over her decision to join politics, she said, “I don’t understand why some radical groups are against my joining politics.”

Earlier, she presented herself to the District and Sessions court to inform about her decision to end the fasting, the decision which facilitated her release from judicial custody.

Sharmila was repeatedly arrested and released over a period under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, she rejected the allegations that she ever tried to commit suicide, claiming she was on a hunger strike demanding AFSPA withdrawal.

On July 26, Sharmila had announced that she will be ending her her 16-year-fast and contest the assembly elections as an independent candidate.

Earlier, she rejected the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) offer to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections under its banner from the inner Manipur seat.

Welcoming her political ambitions, both the secular Congress and right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have made an appeal to her to join them.

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