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IMPHAL: Renowned civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, who ended her 16-year-long hunger strike against AFSPA on Tuesday, said she would only get married if people reject her fresh innings as a politician. Sharmila had recently announced her desire to end the strike in order to contest next year's Manipur assembly elections and get married.
"I've imposed one condition on entering my personal life. If the masses ignore my new strategy and abandon or insult me, I'll begin a new chapter of my life," a teary-eyed Sharmila said on Wednesday. Sharmila, who is living at JNIMS Hospital here, had Horlicks and chabon, a soup extracted from cooked rice on Wednesday. She, however, didn't reveal where she planned to go from the hospital.
Her boyfriend Desmond Coutinho was not seen on the court premises when Sharmila was granted bail on Tuesday. Sharmila reiterated she would contest the 2017 polls from Thoubal, the constituency of CM Okram Ibobi Singh of Congress, and said she was looking for "20 like-minded Independent candidates" to join her.