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Public apathy forced Sharmila to end fast

By The Assam Tribune

IMPHAL, July 27 - Manipur�s �Iron Lady� Irom Sharmila Chanu, who on Monday surprised many by announcing that she would end her 16-year-old fast next month, said that general �public apathy� to her �struggle� forced her to take the decision.

The rights activist told the media that she was dismayed by the inability of the government to pay heed to her pleading for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as well as apathy of the civilian bodies which had not given enough support to her fight.

She expressed her disapproval of using school-going students during the agitation for implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in the State. � PTI

Arunachal CM meets Sonia

Itanagar, July 27 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and expressed his gratitude to them for their support.

In the brief meeting on Monday, Sonia Gandhi congratulated the newly-elected CM and advised him to govern the State on the principles of equality, secularism and justice, an official statement said here.

Khandu was accompanied by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo, the statement said. � PTI

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