Irom Sharmila on Wednesday alleged that BJP has usurped power in her home state Manipur with the help of money and muscle power.
Sharmila said the BJP’s assuming of power in the north-eastern state would further erode its fragile socio-political equilibrium, already vitiated by the special powers enjoyed by the Army.
The activist, who secured just 90 votes, also chose the occasion to appeal to major secular and democratic forces in the country to rally against the communal designs of Hindutva forces.
“Indian politics is turning extremely complex with communalists using facilities of corporate agendas to turn popular mandate in their favour. Political parties must engage in serious introspection about their follies apart from evolving strategies to counter the communal designs,” she told The Hindu after reaching a rehabilitation centre here where she will recuperate for a month.
When asked about her future course of action, Sharmila said she would continue her struggle. “I am here for a month’s break. During this stay, I would ponder over the way I can continue the struggles,” she said.