Sharmila maintains faith of AFSPA repeal under Modi government

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IMPHAL, May 29: “Lets’ pray that the government understands the hardships faced by the people under AFSPA, and repeals the Act at the earliest, Irom Sharmila told the State media soon after touching down at the Imphal Airport.

She arrived this morning after her appearance before the Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House, New Delhi Wednesday.

She said her stay at the national capital was short and much to her dismay; she failed to meet newly sworn in Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to his busy schedule.

Irom Sharmila said she had written a letter and a poem addressed to Modi. “I will definitely meet him if I get the chance.”

The constitutional rights are there in the first place for the welfare of the people, however, the Indian government continues its violation by not letting the citizens of the North East enjoy the full benefits, she lamented.

If the citizens are against an incumbent government, then the government needs to understand the needs and hardships faced by the former, she expressed before adding after all it is the public who gave power to the government.

When asked if she would like to reach out for the UNO and plead her case, in case the Indian government fail to solve the issue, she said if the authorities concerned, intellects, public support her, she will definitely plead the issue before the UNO.

However, I cannot do much alone as I am powerless and do not have much knowledge, the anti-AFSPA crusader told the media.

Sharmila said before her Court appearance, she was kept in a police station and made to wait for several hours.

In order to avoid the media waiting for her at the Court premises, she was taken inside the Courtroom through the back door, she resented.

Sharmila left Imphal on May 27, for her Court appearance accompanied by a doctor, a nurse of the JNIMS and a personnel each from the Jail and Manipur Police.

 

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