Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party

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Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party
LeaderMehbooba Mufti
Lok Sabha leaderNone
Rajya Sabha leaderFayaz Ahmad Mir
FounderMufti Mohammed Sayeed
Split fromIndian National Congress
Headquarters2, Circuit House, Emporium Lane, Residency Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India[1]
Student wingPeoples Democratic Student Union[2]
ECI StatusState Party[3]
AllianceNDA (2015—2018)
UPA (2002—2008)
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
2 / 245
Seats in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
0 / 87
Election symbol
Ink-pot & Pen

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) is a state political party in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India.[4] The PDP was headed and founded by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. His daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, succeeded him as party leader and as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir following his death in January 2016.


The PDP was founded in 1998 by the former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.[5][6] It captured power in Jammu and Kashmir in October 2002 Assembly elections. In 2004 it had one member each in the Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha. It was a member of the ruling United Progressive Alliance until the 2009 general election.[7]

Sayeed headed the PDP-Indian National Congress Coalition Government between October 2002 and November 2005, and he was the party's Patron until his death on 7 January 2016.[8] The PDP is now headed by Mehbooba Mufti, Sayeed's daughter.[9]

The PDP operates on the ideology of self-rule, as distinctly different from the issues of autonomy. It believes that self-rule as a political philosophy, as opposed to autonomy, ensures the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, while further engaging in debates over new political territoriality of Jammu and Kashmir.[10]

In the 2014 general election, three of its members were elected to the Lok Sabha. Its strength in the Legislative Assembly is 28 and in the Rajya Sabha is two.[11] The party ran a Coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir with the Bharatiya Janata Party[12] until the BJP abandoned the coalition on June 19, 2018 due to concerns about terrorism and radicalization in Kashmir.[13]

Election results[edit]

Year Election Seats Won Change in Seat % of votes votes swing Ref.
2002 Legislative Assembly election 8th Assembly 16
1998 Indian general election 12th Lok Sabha 0
2004 Indian general election 14th Lok Sabha 1 22.02 Increase2  –
2008 Legislative Assembly election 9th Assembly 21 5 Increase5  –
2009 Indian general election 15th Lok Sabha 0 Decrease 2  –
2014 Indian general election 16th Lok Sabha 3 3 20.50 [14]
2014 Legislative Assembly election 10th Assembly 28 5 22.7 Increase 7  –

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "JKPDP Srinagar Office". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ "PDSU- students' wing of PDP formulated". Greater Kashmir. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014.
  3. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Profiles: Political parties: The key political parties in Jammu and Kashmir". www.aljazeera.com. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. ^ Mukhtar, Ahmad (28 July 1999). "Mufti floats new regional party in Kashmir". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  6. ^ "JKPDP History". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014.
  7. ^ "United Progressive Alliance: Partners in governance". Times of India.
  8. ^ "JKPDP Patron". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014.
  9. ^ "JKPDP Office Bearers". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Self Rule Framework". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Rajya Sabha Polls in Jammu and Kashmir: PDP Wins Two".
  12. ^ Hussain, Aijaz (1 March 2015). "Hindu nationalist party forms coalition government in Kashmir". The Associated Press. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  13. ^ "BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP". The News Minute. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ Election Commission 2014.

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