Activist Irom Sharmila today launched a new political party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance or the PRAJA. Irom Sharmila said that her party would be based on the principles of justice, understanding, love and peace. She announced that she will contest the Manipur assembly elections to be held early next year.
The activist is going to contest two assembly seats, Thoubal and Khurai in Manipur and said she hopes to field at least 20 candidates for Manipur’s 60 seats. Thoubal is the assembly constituency of Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress, who has been the state’s chief minister since 2002.
The pledge of her party reads, “That by word and action, we will use only non-violence as a means to achieve our political ends.” The PRAJA claims work to promote gender justice, economic resilience and self-reliance of the people.
Last month she visited capital Delhi and sought advice on how to defeat major political parties from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. She had also said she would like to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “good advice.”