With her party People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) making its political debut in the Manipur elections today, Irom Sharmila once again renewed her challenge to chief minister Ibobi Singh.
"I feel really responsible as a citizen of India especially with this role of leadership for my state," she told India Today after casting her vote.
Sharmila said PRJA's fight was not just symbolic and that her team was working hard to win.
"It is not just symbolic. We are fighting to win. The response is positive and I'm confident," she said.
PRJA's campaign has been unique in the electoral landscape of Manipur given the high pitched battle between the Congress and BJP.
Irom Sharmila's party has been relying heavily on small door-to-door campaigns as against the massive public rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in Imphal.
PRJA has raised Rs 20 lakhs for elction expenses through crowdfunding while crores have been spent by other parties.
"Our stand against money and muscle power is a big example to the whole corrupted system of electoral politics in Manipur," says the Iron Lady of Manipur.
On her party's agenda, she adds, "The young are attending our meetings in large number. Our party is based on youth for change. There are lots of those who want to see change."