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People to decide Irom Sharmila's future: Oscar Fernandes

Updated: Jul 26, 2016 18:50 IST

New Delhi, July 26(ANI): After Irom Sharmila decided to break her fast and contest the Manipur assembly election, senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes on Tuesday said everyone has right to contest election, but the decision is up to the people.

"India is a democratic country. Every citizen has right to put their point forward and to form a party or to join one. But it is up to people to decide what to do," said Fernandes.

"It is good that she has taken the decision to fight elections," he added.

Activist Irom Shamila today stated that she would contest state elections from Manipur. She has been fasting since 2000 against the Armed Forces Specials Powers Act (AFSPA) and has decided to end her protest on August 9.

Sharmila, also called as 'Iron Lady' of Manipur, began her non-violent protest after 10 people were killed by troops of the Assam Rifles near a bus stop at Malom, On the outskirt of Imphal. (ANI)