Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who recently broke her 16-year long hunger strike to fight the elections, met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday and sought his advice on ways to defeat major political parties.
Sharmila broke her fast against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) on August 9 and said she will contest the Manipur assembly election next year. She was sitting on the fast since November 2, 2000.
In a 45-minute long meeting, Kejriwal assured Sharmila his full support and best wishes.
“Met Irom Sharmila. I salute her courage and struggle. My best wishes and full support in her political endeavours,” Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting.
Sharmila also met deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
“She has expressed her decision to fight the upcoming assembly polls in Manipur. For that she wanted the chief minister’s advice on defeating major political parties as AAP has done the same in Delhi,” an official said.
Officials said that she discussed political strategies involved in forming a party and ways to win elections. “As she wants to do the same in her state, she wanted to understand the strategies for winning elections,” the official said.
Sharmila did not talk to media after the meeting and said that she will give a statement later.
Sharmila has said that she wants to become the chief minister of the state so that she could fight for repeal of AFSPA. Sharmila has already announced that she would soon float a new regional party under the banner of which she will contest the polls.