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Irom Sharmila wants Arvind Kejriwal to campaign for her

Irom Sharmila, 44, who shunned food for 16 long years, advised youngster not to follow her way of protest.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published: September 29, 2016 8:45 am
irom sharmila, irom sharmila manipur, manipur elections, irom sharmila arvind kejriwal, irom sharmila elections, irom sharmila aap, india news Irom Sharmila addresses a gathering during the 11th Global Youth Peace Fest at CIHM in Sector 42, Chandigarh,
on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Activist Irom Sharmila, who has decided to contest Manipur assembly elections next year, wants the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to campaign for her. Sharmila had met Kejriwal in Delhi Monday and sought his advice on how to defeat rival political parties.

Sharmila, who is here to attend a “global peace festival”, said she would require Kejriwal’s help to take on the established political parties in Manipur. “We want Kejriwal to campaign for us. We would not only require his moral support, but also help of his volunteers to win the elections,” said Sharmila.

Kejriwal had last year successfully campaigned in Bihar for the Mahagatbandhan led by Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar. While spelling out reasons for seeking support from Kejriwal, Sharmila said he has cracked the code of winning elections against established parties. “His party has defeated most powerful and corrupt parties in elections. Kejriwal has emerged as a leader and has developed a knack of winning elections,” she said.

She ruled out any possibility of joining hands with any other political party. “We will form our own regional political party, having representation from all the sections of the society,” said Sharmila. The name of the party is yet to be finalised. “Me and my associates are thinking of a name. It’s going to a collective decision,” informed Sharmila.

While giving reasons for entering mainstream politics, Sharmila said she wants to work for the development of the state. “ I have a strong support of people which will help me in winning the election. Once elected, I will work for the betterment of people,” said Sharmila. Sharmila, who recently ended her 16-year-long hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA ) in Manipur, is in Chandigarh to take part in the 11th edition of the Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF)-2016. She has already expressed her desire to become chief minister of the state so that she could continue her fight against AFSPA.

Sharmila, 44, who shunned food for 16 long years, advised youngster not to follow her way of protest. “There are so many ways of protesting other than fasting. Method adopted by me requires personal sacrifice,” she said. Even after ending her hunger strike, Sharmila is sticking to her resolve not to meet her mother, comb her hair or cut her nails until the AFSPA is repealed. “My mother accidentally met me at hospital recently. I will not met her till ASFPA is repealed,” she said.

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  1. A
    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:58 am
    She is clearly out of touch with reality. Delhi's potion which gave Mr Arvind Kejriwal a whopping mandate is ruing their error every single day. Theres an image and there is reality. I hear this every day from ordinary folk. Now people hardly speak about him either pros or cons. Where the common man and the lesser informed maybe confused about Central and State subjects, the rest just judge this government by what they experience on the ground.
    1. Bir Chilarai
      Oct 4, 2016 at 7:54 am
      Lack of solid food for 15 years has ruined her brains, if she had any to begin with. Hope the people reject this charlatan. India is the world's most tolerant country for having kept this person alive. Anywhere else she would be allowed to die.
      1. D
        Sep 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm
        SHE should first seek opinion of people of DELHI who voted him she will get best feedback
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          Dr M
          Sep 29, 2016 at 5:00 am
          Poor girl, does she have a totally impressionable brain or she is out of reality being devoid of solid food for all these years, not to know about A K.
          1. M
            Sep 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm
            suppressed minority?
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