Manipur Elections 2017: Irom Sharmila claims BJP asked her to generate Rs 36 crore, Ram Madhav calls it ‘absolute lie’

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New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2017 4:59:30 PM

Irom Sharmila Chanu who is also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, claimed on Sunday that she was approached by the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest assembly elections against Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on a party ticket.

Irom Sharmila, Irom, Manipur Elections 2017, Ram Madhav, Assembly elections 2017Manipur Elections 2017: Irom Sharmila will fighting the assembly elections in Manipur against Okram Ibobi Singh. (Source: IE image)

Manipur Elections 2017: Irom Sharmila Chanu who is also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, claimed on Sunday that she was 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.”

Irom Sharmila refused to comment further on this matter and told the Indian Express that she will hold a press conference in Imphal on Monday where she’ll be speak about the issue at length. “I will only talk about it tomorrow,” she said.

Irom is still fighting the elections from the Thoubal constituency against the Congress candidate Okram Ibobi Singh. Thoubal is Ibobi Singh’s home home constituency and he has won previous three assembly polls from that place.

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