The on-going trends of election result has indicated that Mufti Mohammad Saeed's People's Democratic Party (PDP) will form government in Jammu & Kashmir, but it is still uncertain if the assembly will be a hung one or PDP will forge alliance.
PDP is leading with 28 seats followed with BJP, which has 25 seats, National Conference having 15 seats and Congress having 12 as of now. The current trends clearly depict J&K will have a hung assembly as none of the parties are even close to attaining the minimum mark of 44 seats.
In such a case, the party heading ahead of every other party will have to forge alliance either with BJP or Congress to form government in the state.
According to a Hindustan Times report, PDP would like to form government with the support of BJP, the party ruling at the Centre. PDP spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar had also said ahead of the vote counting that "engagement with BJP is inevitable".
The BJP is also said to have opened its prospects for alliance if it's about the state's development.
"Any party which wants to come with us is welcome, if they have Kashmir's development at their heart," BJP's media advisor in Kashmir Altaf Thakur said.
However, the major differences that can arise between the two parties will be on Article 370 issue. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the party by calling it Papa-Daughter and Papa-Son politics during campaigns for the state assembly elections.
But PDP is apparently left with not much option, as it would not want to join hands with a party such as Congress, which is losing its political grounds slowly and gradually ever since it lost the 2014 general elections.