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Last Updated Friday July 21 2017 03:59 PM IST

After poll debacle, Irom Sharmila heads to Kerala for month-long sojourn

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Irom Sharmila Right activist, Irom Sharmila in Imphal on March 11, 2017 after losing her battle against three-time Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh in the assembly election.

Kottayam: After biting the dust in the Manipur assembly polls, social-activist-turned-politician, Irom Sharmila will be spending some time in Kerala. She will arrive on Tuesday and will stay in Attappady for a month. Sharmila had earlier announced that she would quit politics following the poll drubbing.

The Iron Lady of Manipur who has been crusading against the presence of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in the state had ended her sixteen-year-long fast in August 2016.

Sharmila had said that she ended her hunger strike since the Manipur CM paid no heed to her fight against the AFPA. She decided to enter electoral politics launched Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) party in October 2016. However, the party had organized no rallies or meetings but had only door-to-door campaigns for the polls.

Contesting against three-time Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Thoubal assembly seat, Sharmila had managed a meager 90 seats. Meanwhile, Ibobi Singh had polled 18, 649 votes to win the seat.

Sharmila has, however, vowed to resume and continue her fight against the AFSPA in Manipur.

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