PDP had bagged the highest number of seats out of total 87 in 2015 assembly elections.
The demise of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 has created a power vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir. With the possibility of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti becoming the next CM, there have been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the BJP-PDP alliance in the state.
After a party meeting on Sunday, it was reported that Mehbooba will not overturn her father’s decision and continue the alliance with BJP. Also, the J&K BJP has expressed that they don’t have a problem with Mehbooba taking over the leadership.
It was also speculated that Congress was trying to approach PDP after Sayeed’s death as party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president personally went and met Mehbooba Mufti and offered their condolences.
However, the NDA government continuing in the state is a possibility if we look at the latest turn of events. The state is currently under Governor’s Rule and it is on the PDP leadership to take a call and decide its stand.
Here is a look at the possible alliances that can be made:
The total number of seats in J&K assembly is 87 and PDP had bagged the highest number of seats in 2015 assembly elections. The BJP was the second largest party, followed by National Conference (NC) and Congress.
If BJP (25 seats) and PDP (27 seats) decide to continue with their alliance then they will not need support from any other party as both the parties have 52 seats combined, while the minimum requirement of seats to form the government is 44.
On the other hand, if PDP decides to join hands with Congress (12 seats) instead of BJP, they would still need support of five more candidates to touch the 44 mark.