Irom Sharmila wants to become Manipur CM to remove AFSPA

Imphal: Irom Sharmila, who is set to end her 16-year-long fast, said on Tuesday that she wants to become Chief Minister of Manipur so that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) can be removed from the state. Sharmila, who has been on fast unto death since November 4, 2000 demanding the repeal of AFSPA, told a court that she wants to end her fast. She was released on bail on Tuesday by L. Tonsing, chief judicial magistrate, Imphal west, where she was produced. Later, she signed a bond for Rs 10,000. She told waiting newspersons that she wants to become Chief Minister of Manipur to remove AFSPA. She will contest the 2017 assembly elections from Khurai Assembly constituency as an independent, she said. Reports say that some local and national parties have sent feelers to her. She has not responded yet. Sharmila said that she is looked at as a "strange person". However, doctors did not permit her to eat normal solid food immediately. One doctor said: "As she has been staying away from normal solid food for over 16 years, we have to take a step by step approach. It will take some days for her to resume normal food." It was officially announced that Sharmila will stay in hospital for the next three days under medical supervision. During the time, she will be administered solid food gradually and her health closely monitored.