Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party

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Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party
Chairperson Mehbooba Mufti
Founded 1999
Headquarters 2, Circuit House, Emporium Lane, Residency Road, Srinagar[1]
Student wing Peoples Democratic Student Union[2]
Ideology Self-rule in Jammu & Kashmir[3]
ECI Status State Party[4]
Seats in Lok Sabha
3 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Legislative Assembly
21 / 87
Election symbol
Ink-pot & Pen
Politics of India
Political parties

The Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) is a state political party in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It was founded in 1999 by the former Union Home Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed,[5] and captured power in the state of 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 elections.[6]

The PDP is headed by Ms Mehbooba Mufti,[7] while Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who headed the PDP-Indian National Congress Coalition Government between October 2002 and November 2005, is the party's Patron.[8]

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, eitnsures the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, while further engaging in debates over new political territoriality of J&K.[3] After the 2014 General elections elections 3 of its members were elected to Lok Sabha, so its strength in Legislative Assebmbly fell from 21 to 19.[9]


  1. ^ "JKPDP Srinagar Office". JKPDP.org. 
  2. ^ "PDSU- students’ wing of PDP formulated". Greater Kashmir. 
  3. ^ a b "Self Rule Framework". JKPDP.org. 
  4. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013". India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "JKPDP History". JKPDP.org. 
  6. ^ "United Progressive Alliance: Partners in governance". Times of India. 
  7. ^ "JKPDP Office Bearers". JKPDP.org. 
  8. ^ "JKPDP Patron". JKPDP.org. 
  9. ^ Two Vacancies creted: http://jklegislativeassembly.nic.in/