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Irom Sharmila meets Arvind Kejriwal, seeks advice on fighting Manipur polls

Irom Sharmila today met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and sought his advice on how to defeat major political parties in her state.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 26, 2016 22:26 IST ]
Arvind Kejriwal with Irom Sharmila in New Delhi
Image Source : TWITTER Arvind Kejriwal with Irom Sharmila in New Delhi

Rights activist Irom Sharmila, who recently broke 16-year long fast and expressed her desire to contest Manipur Assembly election next year, on Monday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and sought his advice on how to defeat "major political parties" in her state.

Kejriwal assured her of all possible support for fighting the election in the meeting at Delhi Secretariat that lasted nearly 45 minutes.

"In the meeting, she sought the Chief Minister's advice on defeating major political parties in Manipur which is scheduled to go for polls next year," an official said. 

She also discussed political strategy with the Aam Aadmi Party leader and sought to know how he registered such a remarkable victory in Delhi, the official said. 

Sharmila also met Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. 

Although she did not talk to the media after the meeting, sources said she also took suggestions on other issues related to Manipur. 

On August 9, the 44-year-old 'Iron Lady' broke her 16-year-old hunger strike, the world's longest such campaign, and declared that she wants to become the chief minister so that she could press for repeal of the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). 

Sharmila has already announced that she would soon float a new regional party under the banner of which she will contest the polls. 

She is facing criticism in her home state for abandoning her 16-year long fast to join active politics. 

Expressing her disappointment over the fact that there are people who are unhappy with her decision, she had said that people are looking for a martyr and do not want to see her emerge victorious in her fight.

(With PTI inputs)

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