Government responds to the Opposition on Thromde elections

The government took the chance to respond to the press release made by the Opposition party welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court on Thromde and Yenlag Thromde elections, during the 26th Meet-the-Press session.

The release states that the rush to establish twenty Dzongkhag Thromdes and twenty Yenlag Throms, at one go, is the biggest among many blunders of the government. Opposition said it caused irreparable damage to the future of the nation by proliferation of unsuitable throms, loss of agriculture land, undermining of the Gewogs and manipulation of unjustifiable number of local governments that would have resulted in high cost of administration.

“In fact, it would have resulted in major undesirable alterations in our social, cultural, economic and natural landscapes,” the press release states.

In response, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, “The Royal Government welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court, the decision comes as their mandate, and we are bound by their interpretation.”

Lyonchhen pointed out that the establishment of Dzongkhag Thromde and Yenlag Throms comes into action after which the legislative discussed about the Thromde A and B during the joint session of the Parliament. During which, out of 64 members present, 56 members voted Yes, 4 voted No and 4 Abstain votes.

“This clearly indicates a huge support, almost all the Members of Parliament and National Council supported the need of Dzongkhag Thromde and Yenlag Throms, thereby, we felt its need and we welcomed it,” Lyonchhen said.

PM pointed out that the Opposition party is trying to politicize the Judiciary and to undermine the interpretation of the Constitution.

The press release from Opposition also states, all efforts made to persuade the government to decide on a more rational course of action to establish Thromdes as and when justified in terms of population size and sustainability considerations fell on deaf ears.

“There are channels of communication, nobody from the Opposition members contacted me with regard to this issue,” PM said.

Members of the Opposition questioned the government on its preparedness and the availability of resources for such a major step.

Responding to the points made by the Opposition, Lyonchhen said, the government accepts the interpretation of the Judiciary and will follow its entire mandate, as there is nothing wrong with that.

“We will continue to work for the development of Dzongkhag Thromde and Yenlag Throm, certainly I do not see anything to criticize, but the question is that whether the Dzongkhag Tshogdu will continue to work as a legal institution,” Lyonchhen said.

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