Manipur polls: Irom Sharmila reveals she has no land or house

1 month ago | 17-02-2017 | IBNS

Guwahati, Feb 17 : Civil rights, political activist Irom Chanu Sharmila only has Rs 2.6 lakh in her possession without any land or house. It was revealed in the her affidavit which she filed to the Election Commission.

According to her affidavit, Sharmila stated that, she has only Rs 10,000 in cash at hand and Rs 2.5 lakh in bank account.

Irom further claimed that, she does not possesses any vehicle or gold ornament.

The iconic acitivst had filed her nomination papers for Thoubal assembly constituency in the upcoming assembly polls in Manipur to be held in two phases on March 4 and 8.

Irom filed her nominations on behalf of her newly formed Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) to challange Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Irom Sharmila led PRJA, which is making an electoral debut in the trouble torn Manipur.

Anti-AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) Crusader Irom Sharmila had announced her political debut by forming PRJA after ended her 16-year long hunger strike in August last.

Before filing the nomination papers, Irom Sharmila reached Thoubal on her bicycle, covering about 21 kms from Imphal, the capital city of the north eastern Indian state.

Political analyst said that, Irom will be the main opponent of Ibobi in Thoubal.

On the other hand, Manipur CM Ibobi Singh, who also filed his nomination papers on Thursday seeking fourth term after elected to the assembly in 2002, 2007 and 2012 respectively.

For the first phase polls, a total of 215 candidates had filed their nomination papers for 38 assembly constituencies.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)