The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be a state party in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. 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 previous Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. It captured power in Jammu and Kashmir in October 2002 Assembly elections. In 2004 it had one member each within the Lok Sabha and within the Rajya Sabha. it had been a member of the ruling United Progressive Alliance until the 2009 election .
Sayeed headed the PDP-Indian National Congress Coalition Government between October 2002 and November 2005, and he was the partys Patron until his death on 7 January 2016. The PDP is now headed by Mehbooba Mufti, Sayeeds daughter.
The PDP operates on the ideology of self-rule, as distinctly different from the problems of autonomy. It believes that self-rule as a political philosophy, as against autonomy, ensures the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, while further engaging in debates over new political territoriality of Jammu and Kashmir.
In the 2014 election , three of its members were elected to the Lok Sabha. Its strength within the legislature is 28 and within the Rajya Sabha is 2 . The party ran a Coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir with the Bharatiya Janata Party until the BJP abandoned the coalition on June 19, 2018 thanks to concerns about terrorism and radicalization in Kashmir.