Human rights activist Irom Sharmila on 18 October 2016 announced the formation of her political party named Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). The announcement was made with a promise to fight for justice and peace among the people.
While launching the party, the Iron Lady of Manipur said that she is entering electoral battle to fight against injustice after ending her nearly 16-year long hunger strike.
Sharmila further said her party will contest for at least 20 seats in the coming state Assembly election to be held early in 2017. She also named candidates for some seats.
She will contest from two seats, Thoubal and Khurai. Thoubal is her home constituency, while Khurai is represented by Chief MInsiter Okram Ibobi Singh.
About the Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)
• Irom Sharmila will be the co-convenor Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA).
• Academician Erendro Leichombam is the convenor of the party.
• The party includes a number of activists and entrepreneurs.
• The formation of a political party was announced on the same date (18 October) when the first session of Manipur Assembly was held in 1948.
Irom Chanu Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur, on 9 August 2016 announced her decision to enter politics on 9 August 2016, the day when she broke her 16-year-long fast. She was on a fast with the demand of withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state.
Earlier on 5 October, a court in Imphal acquitted her from charges uunder Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to suicide).
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