Members of parliament (MPs) have started visits to their respective constituencies strictly in the name of ‘regular visits’ and not to woo the general electorate which gains ever the more prominence as the stage is set for 2013.
Most of the MPs said it was their last visit to their constituencies and their sole purpose was to meet the voters to inform them about the elections and developments in parliament.
Dewathang-Gomdar MP Ugyen Dorji who was in his constituency for more than a month last October said it was just a regular visit to see the development activities going around.
“My visit was not to woo the voters and we are not allowed to do so. Every year twice a year I make a visit to my constituency and when there are VIPs visiting my constituency, I visit thrice but it has got nothing to do with wooing the voters,” the MP explained.
“If I have the support of my people then in 2013, I will stand from my constituency,” he said. MP Ugyen Dorji intends to visit his constituency again.
Pemagatshel Nganglam MP Choida Jamtsho who is still in his constituency said he visited his constituency to check on the works which were completed earlier. He said rumors of his visit to woo voters were false.
“My people are happy with the developments and if I have their support than I might stand for the 2013 election,” he said.
“I went to visit my constituency to tell the people about the Ninth Parliamentary session’s resolutions but not to campaign and moreover we are not allowed,” MP Ugyen Wangdi of Dremitse-Ngatshang constituency of Monggar said.
MP Ugyen Wangdi said his return in 2013 will depend on the party members and the constituency people.
Trashiyangtse MP Dupthob said “My main objective is to have contacts with the local leaders, listen to the people and inform about events at the national level”.