Palakkad: Manipur's human rights activist Irom Sharmila, on Tuesday, reached Kerala from Coimbatore on her 45th birthday.

She was received by social activist Uma Preman at the airport.

Irom will spend a month at Santhi Gramam in Attappady in Palakkad. This is her first ever visit to Kerala.

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Irom also attended her birthday celebrations arranged by Uma Preman, who is also the director of Santhi Gramam, by cutting a cake.

"I am here in Kerala, just for a break. I am very pleased with your warm greetings," Sharmila said.

She is here after being defeated on her maiden foray in electoral politics in Manipur where she received only 90 votes from the prestigious Thoubal assembly constituency against Chief Minister and Congress nominee Okram Ibobi Singh.
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"The BJP used money and muscle power and they did that openly during the elections," she alleged.

Considered as Manipur's "Iron Lady", Sharmila had continued her fast-unto-death for 16 years, being force-fed and put on liquid diet in hospitals, to press her demand for repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the state.

She ended her indefinite hunger strike in August last year and launched People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance in October.

(with inputs from IANS)

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