Sharmila’s PRAJA vows to remove AFSPA, redraft ILP in Manipur

Anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila released the election manifesto of her party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) on Thursday for the upcoming Manipur assembly elections in Imphal on Thursday, promising that it will work for the revocation of AFSPA and will redraft the Inner Line Permit system.

Manipur is scheduled to go to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8.

Sharmila formed PRAJA last year with an objective to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Sharmila, who ended her 16-year-long fast demanding the revocation of the AFSPA last year, decided to join politics so that she could repeal the act after becoming the chief minister of the Northeast state.

“I have not given up on my campaign. I have merely changed the strategy,” she said.

The manifesto promises to work for the repeal of the AFSPA, redrafting of the Inner Line Permit system, 33 per cent reservation for women, judicious utilisation of the funds, improvement of education system and take the camps of the security forces at least 10 km away from residential and educational areas, among others.

Sharmila, who hails from Khurai Assembly constituency, is taking on three-time chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, in the Thoubal Assembly constituency.



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