After making headlines and being a much talked-about name and issue among election affiliates, the response to the Druk Meser Nazhoen Tshogpa (DMNT) has been lukewarm from the democratic circles and society.
The Chief Election Commissioner suggested the newly formed youth organization DMNT either to ‘lean on supports of a registered political party or be a Civil Society Organization (CSO)’.
“Lobby groups of social cause can operate as CSO. If political it should be authorized by supporters of a registered political party,” said Chief Election Commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi in an exclusive interview with this paper.
Asked if DMNT will dissolve, head of the youth organization Lobzang Dorji said that they can’t let down a ‘good cause’. Elaborating on that he said the party is formed with noble intentions to make their ‘feeble voices heard’.
“We are really concerned about the nation and its youth,” Lobzang Dorji said.
He said DMNT members are not sleeved up to challenge any of the nation’s laws or jeopardize sovereignty of the country. “We are just exercising our concerns and responsibilities as productive youth of the country,” said Lobzang Dorji.
The youth leader appealed to all the stakeholders that the DMNT formation is on noble grounds and requested a helping hand.
One of the members of DMNT said “We can’t be a CSO nor can we join a party or form a party. If we become CSO we can’t lobby and if we join a political party, people might take advantage of us as we are still in nascent stage. We are waiting to clear many other issues before concretely saying that we are a full-fledged organization”.
Meanwhile, voices in the media circles and political observers say that lobby groups might lead to fragmentation of society and youth could be misled in many ways as youth plays a very pivotal role in any country and not only in making of democracy.
A much highlighted view is that the youths or the youth group DMNT in question can approach any political parties if they are really concerned only about employment and corruption.
The DMNT members presently are studying the roles they can play and other issues that might mislead them.