IMPHAL, Aug 23: Responding to team Anna`s invitation to join the anti-corruption rally in the national capital, anti-AFSPA crusader Irom Chanu Sharmila today said that she would not be able to join the rally because of her present condition and also the situation in Manipur differs from New Delhi.
In a letter to team Anna, the Iron lady of Manipur said, “My humble suggestion is if you feel seriously, please try to reach the concerned legislators to let me get free, like yours, to join your amazing crusade to root out corruption which is the root of all evils, or you can come to Manipur, the most corruption affected region in the world”.
38-year-old Sharmila who been on fast for the last ten years demanding total repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA), which gives India`s armed forces the power to arrest, search, and destroy property without warrant as well as to shoot, and even kill, on mere suspicion, will not be able to join the campaign as she is presently confined in judicial custody at JNIMS.
The Team Anna`s invitation written by one Arvind Kejriwal of India against corruption to Sharmila which was mailed to Just Peace Foundation (JPF), a state based human rights body which has been promoting Sharmila`s campaign, said, “the nation needs your voice to be heard.Anna and all of us appeal to you,to lend us your support in letter and spirit and invite you to share in our experience in whatever way you like”.
“If you come to the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi,it will be an honor and indeed empower us further, as we collectively stand for what we believe is just and necessary”.
Responding to the letter JPF is going to sent one of their representatives to join the Delhi campaign as part of showing solidarity to the nationwide campaign.
On the other hand an official of JPF expressing dissatisfaction over the indifferent attitude given to the two right activists,Anna and Sharmilam said, “To me both have similar causes. Anna fights for a corruption free society while Sharmila struggles for the right to life”.