With India's eastern state Manipur is all set to go on Assembly polls next month, social activist and 'Iron Lady of Manipur' Irom Sharmila has filed her nomination
With India’s eastern state Manipur is all set to go on Assembly polls next month, social activist and ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ Irom Sharmila has filed her nomination. She is fighting the elections on behalf of People’s Resurgence & Justice Alliance. She is contesting for the Thoubal Assembly seat against state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh who is from Congress.
Irom Sharmila had covered a distance of 20 kilometres from Imphal on her bicycle to file her nomination papers. The state is going on two-phased polls on March 4 and March 8. Results will be declared on March 11.
Last Sunday, she had claimed being approached by the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest assembly elections against Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on a party ticket. However, she rejected the offer and alleged that BJP had told her that it will cost about Rs. 36 crore to fight against Ibobi Singh.
“I was approached by the BJP to fight on their ticket in this election. Their suggestion was that to fight Ibobi, I will need Rs 36 crore. If I have it, I should produce it, if not, the Centre would sanction it… I said I will contest the elections as an Independent. I don’t criticise other political parties. I just want to bring a change in society,” she said during an interview with NDTV.
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BJP’s General Secretary Ram Madhav was quick to react to her statement and posted a tweet calling it an ‘absolute lie’. His tweet said, “Absolute lie. Our entire election campaign in Manipur doesn’t cost that much. She should find respectable ways of fighting elections.