Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday donated Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) and also urged the people to donate generously and support her.
"Please donate generously to Irom Sharmila," Kejriwal tweeted.
"I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her (Irom Sharmila) and appeal to everyone to support her," he said in another tweet.
Sharmila had last year ended a 16-year fast in protest against alleged army atrocities in Manipur and had said that she would contest elections to continue her movement politically.
I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her and appeal to everyone to support her. https://t.co/9uEXT1uMn6â€” Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 18, 2017
Pl donate generously to Irom Sharmila https://t.co/NFmcouSrkdâ€” Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 18, 2017
'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila filed her nomination papers on Thursday to contest from Thoubal constituency in the upcoming Manipur assembly elections.
"I am fighting the Chief Minister. I want to become the Chief Minister to repeal the AFSPA. I will work for economic independence and other welfare measures for the people," said Sharmila, who came in international limelight by continuing her fast-unto-death for 16 years to demand the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
Sharmila rode on a bicycle for 20 kilometres from Imphal to Thoubal to file her nomination, reported PTI.
The civil rights activist, a greenhorn in electoral battle, will be pitted against Congress candidate and Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Thursday was the last day for filing the papers. The two-phased elections are slated to be held on March 4 and 8.
44-year-old Sharmila ended her indefinite hunger strike in August last year. She launched People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance in October last and said she will fight elections from Thoubal as well as Khurai, from where she hails.