Consider the playing field open for the 2013 elections, as the last of the aspiring parties has donned its mantle of a legitimate and bonafide political party for the 2013 elections.
The first aspiring party to declare its political intentions but the last to be registered, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT got registered yesterday with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).
The Bhutan Kuenyam Party (BKP) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) had already been registered with the ECB and with this latest edition to the political bandwagon, now of five parties, the 2013 lineup is for now, complete.
“We are very happy that people of Bhutan has now got more choices as the party got registered which is also good for democracy. We welcome them and wish them luck,” said the Acting Prime Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba.
“We are now a legitimate party to give alternative to the people. It is a party founded by a concerned team like you (citizens). We need an equally thoughtful opposition to ensure that the government is truly people’s government and DNT is there to provide that,” said DNT President, Jigme Zangpo.
Now that the DNT is registered with the ECB, Jigme Zangpo will contest from Mongar constituency.
The former Drangpon said that ‘the sovereign right lies on the hands of the people about who should lead the country’ and DNT is all about ‘New Times, New Ideas’.
Recently, in an exclusive interview with The Bhutanese, DNT revealed its ‘Mitser Thoblam Chathrim’ or the Citizens’ Dividend Act’ a promise of DNT to ensure equal shares in the minerals and other natural resources of the country.
Along similar lines, the DNT president once again reiterated that, “In Nyamrup spirit, let’s leave no Bhutanese behind”.
The new parties who recently shed their ‘aspiring party’ title also lined up their best wishes for the latest entry, the DNT.
“I express my heartfelt Tashi Delek to Nyamrup Tshogpa. Now there are more political parties, people should make a good choice,” said BKP President, Sonam Tobgay.
“The Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) is pleased to learn about registration of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and would like to convey our warmest felicitations and wish the party and its members the very best,” said the DCT President Lily Wangchhuk.
“With the registration process over, it ensures that the foundation of the 2013 elections is set,” said a political analyst.
Meanwhile, the primary rounds will see five parties- Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bhutan Kuenyam Party (BKP), Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT).
Earlier as DNT pledged against corruption with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), it pledged “Corruption not only destroys the moral fabric and the core value structure of the society, it is also a pervasive threat to the rule of law. It erodes the spirit of democracy.”
Talking about economy of the country, the party said that the prime focus of the party will be ‘fiscal measures’ and on small and medium enterprises and also those enterprises that will generate Rupee.
The party, in an earlier interview had said that Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa is a party founded on ideology and aspirations in common with the people. It is definitely not based on one individual personality.
“It is formed in Nyamrup spirit. That politics like all national undertakings is a shared project. All democratic institutions like the bureaucracy, judiciary, constitutional bodies, local governments, civil society and media houses must have power and capability to share this goal of democracy.”
“All as one, we can and we will make a visible difference in the lives of our people,” said a DNT member.