India’s Iron Lady Won Just 90 Votes
Amidst the dual fight between BJP and Congress in all five poll states of India, which gave an edge to saffron party, a fight in Manipur provided one of the most shocking results on the counting day- for several reasons. It’s the disastrous and disappointing performance of an inspiring lady who has been fighting against the Armed Forces’ Special Powers Act since the start of this century.
Irom Sharmila, the Iron woman of India, who fasted for almost 16 years finally took a decision to contest assembly polls in Manipur and floated a new party called PRAJA (Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance), but she could have never imagined this dreadful outcome.
Having won the support from Left and Aam Aadmi Party, Irom has contested opposite Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Thoubal constituency has just won a measly 90 votes – which left her in shock and Sharmila immediately announced her exit from politics.
‘I continued without even water for 16 years yet, people need to be awakened. They let me down,’ said Irom Sharmila, who looked hurt after the results were announced. People on social media are highly discussing about this Iron lady for putting a brave show and are panning at money, caste and goonda-giri politics that lead to a defeat of this tough Indian woman.
After a neck-to-neck fight between Congress and BJP in the Manipur election, Congress contestants emerged victorious in 28 constituencies while BJP won 21 out of 60. Only the small parties, independents and rebels can make government form in this north-eastern state.