Jammu and Kashmir
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with party president Mehbooba Mufti during an election rally in Anantnag.IANS

The timing could not have been more paradoxical. Barely a week after AAP won 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi elections, further north in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP and BJP are still struggling to reach a resolution.

BJP might have had their best-ever outing in the state assembly elections in December but were nowhere near the figure of 44 seats required to form a majority government. In fact PDP did marginally better than the saffron party, winning 28 seats to BJP's 25.

An alliance between the two parties however hangs in the balance and depends more or less on some kind of a compromise by BJP.

According to sources in PDP the party would not opt for middle ground on Article 370 of the Indian Constitution or the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, thereby hardening its stand on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) it had been negotiating with the BJP for almost two months.

"Agree on all issues or there is no deal," was PDP veteran Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's message to BJP on Wednesday.

President's rule is still very much in the scheme of things.

Interestingly, it's a different story as far as Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir are concerned when it comes to people's mandate.

The only instance when there was a hung assembly in the national capital since the first-ever elections in 1951-52 were the 2013 polls - AAP turning out to be party poopers for BJP that time around. However, not since way back in 1996 when the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference won 57 of the 87 seats, has an absolute majority been attained by a single party in J&K.

It has been a fractured verdict in the last three elections - 2002, 2008 and 2014 - held in the state.

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