Imphal, March 4: In the last few days, several violent incidents, including bomb blasts, were reported from poll-bound Manipur. On Saturday, as the state voted for the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections 2017, Erendro Leichombam, a candidate belonging to Irom Sharmila's party--Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance--was attacked by unknown people.
"Irom Sharmila's PRJA candidate Erendro attacked by unknown persons," reported ANI.
The PRJA is contesting in three seats in the 60-member state assembly. Sharmila herself is fighting against incumbent Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Thoubal constituency.
On Saturday, Sharmila cast her vote at booth no. 3/39 of Khurai assembly constituency in Manipur. The peace activist-turned-politician said she was confident of her victory.
The 33-year-old Leichombam is a native of Imphal, the capital city of Manipur. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
The former fellow at the World Bank and a former consultant at the United Nations Development Programme, Leichombam stayed in the US for 10 years before returning to his hometown. Like Sharmila, Leichombam also wants to fight for the rights of Manipuri people and supports the revocation of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state.