Manipur Election 2017: LDF lends its support to Irom Sharmila who is pitted against Ibobi in upcoming polls

Imphal: Left and Democratic Front (LDF) Convener M Nara Singh has announced support to Irom Sharmila, a candidate of PRJA who is taking on the Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi in Thoubal Assembly constituency.

Nara announced to support Sharmila during an election meeting organised for Sharmila at Kongpal Kongkham Leikai on wednesday. The LDF is comprised of CPI, CPM, NCP, Manipur National Democratic Front, Peoples Democratic Alliance, Aam Aadmi Party and JD (U). The front is fielding 52 candidates including two Independent candidates. Thoubal constituency will go to the polls in the second phase on 8 March.

Irom Sharmila. Reuters

Irom Sharmila. Reuters

Announcing the front decision Nara said there would not be peace, harmony and development if the corrupt Congress government and BJP continue to rule in the state.

“So the coming election is the right time for the people to change the system of the state by voting out those corrupt political parties,” added Nara.

Sharmila, who fasted for nearly 16 years, came out to contest against the chief minister.

Sharmila said that it is time to defeat the politics of the chief minister and his Congress party where they buy people’s valuable votes. She said that the state has been in a condition where the rich and powerful people rule leaving no place for the poor people.

There has been no welfare of the people and development, so it is high time for the people to bring a change to end the dirty and corrupt system of the state, by choosing right leader, added Sharmila.

Updated Date: Mar 02, 2017 21:38 PM

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