DPT meets to consolidate its grasp, PDP still entangled to clear its dues

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is not laid back in comfort given its current status as the ruling party and the government in power. Plans are in motion to gear up for the next giant swing toward 2013.
The party in a recent notification on the party’s website has notified that the party will have a general assembly on 19th August.
“We are looking forward for the fourth General meeting and we expect a huge turn-up which will positively help the party to move forward,” said DPT officiating Secretary General Tshewang Rinzin.
The officiating Secretary General said that the party during its meet will look into various issues like past progress of the party and would resolve to work better.
He said that the meeting would basically updates the changes in the party dynamics.
According to Tshewang Rinzin, DPT as of now has more than 300 members registered and soon the party will start works with the party workers at the gewog level.
“Majority of our party workers are with us but few have left. However we respect their priority since it is all done on voluntary basis,” said Tshewang Rinzin.
Regarding party tickets for 2013, the officiating Secretary General denied that there would be any discussions with regard to it.
He said at this point it would demoralize the existing DPT Members of Parliament who are yet to complete their terms in office.
However, the Secretary General Thinley Gyamtsho told The Bhutanese in his earlier interview when it comes to party ticket it would completely depend upon the performance of the MPs as well as support for the MP from their respective Constituencies.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) unlike its ruling rival is yet to clear its debt in line with the June 30 deadline set by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), which it missed.
PDP Secretary General Yogesh Tamang said “We are in the process of clearing off the debt and we will be able to pay it off beginning next week,” Yogesh Tamang said. “The party at present is more focused on clearing the balance.”
The ECB will review the status report submitted by both parties and the decision will be announced toward the end of August.
“We are still reviewing the status report, looking into various elements like the amount of money collected from party membership, and other book of finances. Only then a party will be eligible to contest for 2013 elections,” said the ECB finance officer Tshewang Penjore in an earlier interview.

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