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Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party

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Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party
LeaderMehbooba Mufti
General SecretaryGhulam Nabi Lone
Rajya Sabha LeaderVacant
FounderMufti Mohammed Sayeed
Headquarters2, Circuit House, Emporium Lane, Residency Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India[1]
Student wingPeoples Democratic Student Union[2]
Youth wingPDP Youth Wing
ECI StatusState Party[4]
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
0 / 90
Seats in District Development Council
27 / 280
Election symbol
Ink-pot & Pen
Party flag

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a state political party in Jammu and Kashmir, India.[6] 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 party is a member of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration electoral alliance. The party is also a member of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance since its founding on 18 June 2023.[7]

Currently Mehbooba Mufti[8] remains as the President of the party, with Ghulam Nabi Lone and Mehboob Beg serve as its General Secretary and General Secretary (Org) respectively. Waheed Para currently serves as its Youth Wing President [9][10][11]


The PDP was founded in 1999 by the former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

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.[16] The PDP is now headed by Mehbooba Mufti, Sayeed's daughter.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19] The party ran a Coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir with the Bharatiya Janata Party[5] until the BJP abandoned the coalition on June 19, 2018, due to concerns about terrorism and radicalization in Kashmir.[20]

Election results[edit]

Year Election Seats Won Change in Seat % of votes votes swing Ref.
1998 Indian general election 12th Lok Sabha 0
2002 Legislative Assembly election 8th Assembly 16
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 [21]
2014 Legislative Assembly election 10th Assembly 28 5 22.7 Increase 7  –
2020 District Development Council 1st Council 27 27 3.9 Increase 27  –

List of ministers[edit]


No Name Constituency Term of office Tenure length Assembly Party Governor
1 Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Pahalgam 2 November 2002 2 November 2005 3 years, 0 days People's Democratic Party Girish Chandra Saxena
2 Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Anantnag 1 March 2015 7 January 2016 312 days People's Democratic Party N. N. Vohra
3 Mehbooba Mufti Anantnag 4 April 2016 20 June 2018 2 years, 77 days People's Democratic Party N. N. Vohra

Deputy chief[edit]

No Name Constituency Term of office Tenure length Assembly
1 Muzaffar Hussain Baig Pahalgam 2 November 2006 11 July 2008 1 year, 252 days 10th

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. ^ Jammu Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party. "Self Rule". Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  4. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b Hussain, Aijaz (1 March 2015). "Hindu nationalist party forms coalition government in Kashmir". The Associated Press. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Profiles: Political parties: The key political parties in Jammu and Kashmir". www.aljazeera.com. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Picking the name INDIA for alliance, Opposition parties frame 2024 battle as BJP vs the country". The Hindu. 18 July 2023. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Engineer Rashid's campaigner Shoukat Pandit detained by J-K police: Mehbooba Mufti". The Economic Times. 17 May 2024. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  9. ^ "Press Trust Of India". www.ptinews.com. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  10. ^ "Candidates turn prison past into campaign currency for Lok Sabha polls in Kashmir". Hindustan Times. 16 May 2024. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  11. ^ "'Chance to break your silence without fear': In Srinagar, PDP youth leader strikes a chord". The Indian Express. 7 May 2024. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  12. ^ "Official Website of Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (J&K PDP)". Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  13. ^ Mukhtar, Ahmad (28 July 1999). "Mufti floats new regional party in Kashmir". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  14. ^ "JKPDP History". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014.
  15. ^ "United Progressive Alliance: Partners in governance". Times of India.
  16. ^ "JKPDP Patron". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014.
  17. ^ "JKPDP Office Bearers". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Self Rule Framework". JKPDP.org. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Rajya Sabha Polls in Jammu and Kashmir: PDP Wins Two".
  20. ^ "BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP". The News Minute. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  21. ^ Election Commission 2014.

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