29th September 2016: Activist Irom Sharmila who was in Delhi on Monday seeks support from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to campaign for her who is all set to contest for Manipur assembly elections next year. Sharmila has on Monday met the CM Arvind Kejriwal and wanted his guidance on how to beat the rival political parties.
It is learned that activist Irom Sharmila was in Delhi to attend a ‘Global peace festival’ where she said that she would require Kejriwal’s support to take on the established political parties in Manipur and added in a statement, “We want Kejriwal to campaign for us. We would not only require his normal support, but also help of his volunteers to win the elections.”
As per the report, the CM Arvind Kejriwal had successfully campaigned in Bihar last year for the Mahagatbandhan which was led by Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar. Sharmila while expressing the reasons for the need of support from the Aam Aadmi Party CM Kejriwal and said that the CM has cracked the code of winning elections against established parties which added in a saying, “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.”
The activist Irom Sharmila have ruled out any possibility of joining hands with any other political party and said that “We will form our own regional political party, having representation from all the sections of the society.” She also added that the name of the party is yet to be finalized and informed saying “Me and my associates are thinking of a name. It’s going to a collective decision.”
Sharmila said that she wants work for the development of the state while she was giving reasons for entering into the political ground and says “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.”
Irom Sharmila who have recently ended her 16-year-long hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Manipur, currently she is in Chandigarh to attend a Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF)-2016. She have already expressed her thoughts of becoming the CM of the state and that she would continue to fight against the AFSPA .
Sharmila’s inspiring message to the youngster who has shunned food for the last 16 years says not to follow the methods that she took up for protest and said, “There are so many ways of protesting other than fasting. Method adopted by me requires personal sacrifice.” Sharmila even after she have ended her hunger strike stick to her resolve not to meet her mother, comb her hair, or even cut her nails until the abolition of AFSPA and she added saying, “My mother accidently met me at hospital recently. I will not meet her till AFSPA is repealed.”