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Irom Sharmila threatens to topple Manipur government

Irom-Sharmila-ending-fast Irom Sharmila addresses reporters after a court appearance in Imphal | AP

Manipur's iron lady Irom Sharmila, who ended her 16-year long hunger strike, broke out into tears after her nasal tube was removed. She broke her fast with water, honey and a vegetable soup which she had in the hospital.

Sharmila was shivering in pain when she was tasting the food made of some local vegetable.

After recovering, she began taking on the Union government. Sharmila said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination, but stopped short of claiming the same for the people of Manipur. She demanded that the people of Manipur be given maximum right to run the state.

Read more: The life and times of Irom Sharmila

Noting that politics is a dirty profession, she said she is a symbol of revolution. She urged the CM of Manipur to “make a positive sense about AFSPA” within a limited time. She said although she is not well-educated, she is confident of making her own mark in politics.

Re-iterating what she told THE WEEK a year back, Sharmila said, “No one should take away my happiness. I am a normal person who would like to lead a normal life. This is my right to choice of life,” adding that she can never forget AFSPA. She further said she does not want to live like an icon.

Read more: Irom Sharmila to end 16-year hunger strike; wants to live a 'normal life'

She threatened to topple the state government with 20 independent members of the Manipur Assembly. "Yes talks are on. I am asking all of them to support me. We will topple the Manipur government," she said.

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