Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah today claimed that re-polling at 38 polling booths in central Kashmir's Budgam district on April 13 was aimed at increasing voting percentage through "rigging".
"The motive behind re-polling amid state-sponsored killings is nothing but to increase the voting percentage through rigging. After facing a humiliating defeat on April 9, New Delhi by announcing a drama is adding salt to our injuries. The people are appealed to teach the same befitting lesson to New Delhi and its puppets as they did on April 9," he said.
Shah, who continues to be under house detention, in a statement today, said, expressing hope that people won't forget the eight youth slain on Sunday and "will send a clear message to the world that Kashmiris want nothing less than freedom from Indian forcible control."
He said, "scores of people injured on April 9 are undergoing treatment in hospitals but the power hungry politicians are in hurry to stage a drama of sham elections."
He appealed to people to participate in the condolence gathering called in memory of Budgam martyrs on April 14, saying "we have can't forget the sacrifices of these brave sons of the soil."
Shah has hailed the Sikh community for its decision to celebrate Baisakhi on April 13 with austerity in the wake of civilian killings by forces on Sunday.