The famous Activist of Manipur Irom Sharmila , popularly known as Iron Lady, on Tuesday finally began her political journey by announcing a new political party, People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance ( PRJA) . She will contest the Assembly polls in Manipur in 2017 under the banner of PRJA.
Announcing her decisions at the Imphal Press Club, Ms Sharmila said she would contest from two constituencies – Thoubal and Khurai. While Khurai is her home constituency and Thoubal is constituency of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Well known Academician of the state Erendro Leichombam is the convenor of the party, while Irom will be the co-convenor of the party, which includes a number of activists and entrepreneurs.
Sharmila (44), who broke her 16-year-long fast demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act on August 9, had announced her decision to enter in politics.
On October 5, a court in Imphal acquitted Sharmila, who was facing charges under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to suicide).
The announcement of the new political party on October 18 in significant. On the same date in 1948, the first session of Manipur Assembly was held.