On 18 October, Manipuri Human Rights activist Irom Sharmila announced the name of her brand new political party, which was launched in Imphal. Her new party has been christened the People's Resurgence Justice Alliance.
On 9 August, Sharmila broke her 16-year-long hunger strike demanding repeal of the AFSPA on 9 August and announced that she would enter the realm of politics by floating her own political party to ensure that the necessary changes are brought about.
This comes in furtherance of her desire to contest in the Manipur Assembly elections in 2017. When Sharmila broke her fast in August, she had also expressed her intentions of becoming Chief Minister of the state to meet her demands.
Sharmila met with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in September, seeking insights on how to tackle and contest the elections with existing political parties in her state. She had also expressed her desire to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for political advice.