“We are however not swayed to respond to personal attacks, instead prefer to stick to the issues at hand,” said the OL.
The Opposition Leader (OL), Tshering Tobgay who set out to pin-point irresponsibility in the Lyonchen and the Agriculture minister during the session easily became the bulls-eye for personal attacks from the ruling party’s MPs.
The OL after he submitted his question (meant for the agriculture minister) said as required he had submitted his question 48 hours in advance, which was by 10AM on Wednesday.
He said that since the question had been included in the order of business for the day, the agriculture minister had obviously been given a copy of his question. The OL said that having received notice of a question, and once that question had been included in the NA’s order of business, the minister is expected to answer it. The OL said that his question was included in the day’s order of business which meant that the minister failed to inform the assembly of his inability to answer the question.
“That shows total disregard for the institution of the NA,” said the OL.
On the agriculture minister’s absence, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk said that even maintaining foreign relations was important, so the minister being away from the NA to attend the conference was equally important.
After that the ball came rolling
Referring to the OL’s question on the Asparagus exports, the Kabji-Talo, MP, Tshering Penjor said that since the OL had been seen touring the vegetable market, “he may want to go to Kolkata to review the situation there”.
The Athang-Thedtsho MP, Passang Thrinlee accused the OL of talking to the media before raising the question in the NA. He said there had been some questions that the media had highlighted upon.
The OL who didn’t respond to the comments inside the house spoke to The Bhutanese after the session.
“Their comments did not merit a reply. That is why I did not answer,” said the OL on the personal attacks.