Irom Sharmila loses her maiden election in Manipur

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Imphal, March 11: Political debutant and founder of the Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance Irom Sharmila has lost election in Thoubal, Manipur, to Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, say reports on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, 'Iron Lady' of Manipur, Sharmila said she is not much affected by the exit poll result, adding that in case of her defeat she will try again in the 2019 General Election.

Irom Sharmila

"I do not feel much affected by the result. It depends upon the people's mindset. I don't feel much affected by it, because people can still change their minds and everybody knows muscle and money power is being openly used by parties," she told ANI.

"What we really need to be is the power to bring the change and make the difference from dark to light. In case of my defeat, I want to try in 2019 election," she added.

Sharmila ended her 16 years hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act last year. Afterwards, she formed her own political outfit.

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