‘Iron lady’ Irom Sharmila faces humiliating defeat in Manipur

‘Iron lady’ Irom Sharmila faces humiliating defeat in Manipur

Srinagar: ‘Iron Lady’ of Manipur and PRAJA (Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance) chief, Irom Chanu Sharmila on Saturday lost from Thoubal constituency, where she was contesting against incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
As per media reports Sharmila had secured only 90 votes till 11.40 am, as against Congress Chief Singh’s 18,649 votes.
She might lose her deposit of Rs 10,000, a rule for all candidates who get less than one-sixth of votes in a constituency, reports said.
Sharmila according to media reports had faced a severe shortage of funds to campaign for the Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance, which she had formed after ending her 16-year fast in August 2016. She had been fasting for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Her party raised funds through crowdsourcing while she campaigned on a bicycle.

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