One of the biggest upsets of the 2013 primary round elections was in the constituency of Thrimshing in Trashigang where the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa(DNT) president Dorji Choden won a landslide victory, keeping DPT at a distant second, and PDP at an even more distant third.
Of the 3301 votes cast in her constituency, the DNT President secured 2038 votes as compared to 809 of DPT, 362 of PDP, and 92 of DCT.
The DNT president Dorji Choden told The Bhutanese that she has been receiving several calls from her DNT party workers and supporters that DPT party workers have been creating an atmosphere of fear and disturbance among DNT voters in her constituency.
She said, “I have been told by my supporters that DPT coordinators have been trying to find out how they got only 18 votes in a village called Tsangpo in Thrimshing. I have heard that they have been up and down Thrimshing trying to find out how they got only a few votes.”
The DNT president said, “The fact that they are looking carefully at why voters have not shown support is an indication that they want to create disturbance among the people.”
“They were even telling the people that Lyonchhen is visiting Kangpara soon,” said Dorji Choden.
She said that this was not good as in remote areas people are ignorant and get disturbed and fearful with such tactics.
She said that she had no problems with DPT going around and trying to garner support, but the current tactic was not good.
The DNT president said, “My biggest concern overall is that there is a danger that whoever forms the government would take note of who supported them and not, and this could affect, in terms of providing public services and implementing developmental activities.”
She said that she has appealed to the people in her constituency not to get disturbed or threatened.
“There will be people who will do all sorts of things and people should not get scared and afraid of them as they do not represent government institutions and are from a political party. They have no legal basis to do such things and are only doing it based on party politics,” said the DNT president.
Meanwhile, the incumbent DPT candidate Cheki Wangmo said that she was not aware of such activities. She said, “DPT Party workers are not campaigning as campaigning is not allowed under electoral laws.”