Irom Shrmila blows the whistle (Photo: The Quint)
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Why Did Irom Sharmila Blow a Whistle at Manipur CM Ibobi?

Activist Irom Sharmila and her party workers blew whistles outside the Thoubal Deputy Commissioner's office after Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh filed his nomination for the Assembly elections on Thursday.

The move is significant as the whistle is the election symbol of the People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), the party floated by the activist.

According to party members, they blew the whistle to “call out the corrupt.” “Our party symbol is the whistle and we have said we will expose the corrupt lot in Manipur. We want to let them know that their time is up,” India Today quoted PRJA convener Erendro Leichombam as saying.

The whistle-blowing was in sharp contrast to the diplomatic demeanour Ibobi displayed when he was asked about Sharmila.

While Sharmila’s move was an obvious departure from political decorum, was it a result of the overconfidence that is often associated with fresh entrants to the world of politics? Or is it a sign of things to come? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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