Governments & Politics of Jammu Kashmir
Like all the states of
India, Jammu and Kashmir has a multi-party democratic system of
governance. Main political parties include the Jammu & Kashmir
National Conference, the Indian National Congress and the Jammu and
Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP). Presently, the Indian
National Congress and its ally PDP hold the maximum number of seats
in the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi
Azad replaced PDP's Mufti Mohammed Sayeed as the Chief Minister of
Jammu and Kashmir in late 2005.
The Constitution of India grants Jammu and Kashmir special
autonomous status as a temporary provision through Article 370.
However, some Muslim Kashmiris demand greater autonomy and
sovereignty, while some non-Muslims would like to see the state
fully integrated into India. However, in recent years Kashmiri
Muslims have been leaning towards being in India due to economic
Jammu and Kashmir is the only Indian state that has its own flag.
Designed by the Government of India, the state flag of Jammu and
Kashmir is the native plough on a red background which is a symbol
of labour. The three stripes represent the three administrative
divisions of the state, namely Jammu, Vale of Kashmir, and Ladakh.
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