The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President spoke to a crowd of more than 800 people in a packed Nazhoen Pelri hall at the YDF complex in Thimphu on Sunday.
The issue that generated the most talk in the gathering was that of the allegations made by the former ruling party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) of PDP of forming a coalition with Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT). This was clarified by the PDP President Tshering Tobgay.
“If they (DPT) want to talk, then we can have debates on BBS so everyone can watch, hear and know the truth,” Tshering Tobgay said.
“We welcome such criticisms since it indicates how scared the other party is, while at the same time, it provides PDP an opportunity to clarify.” He said DPT’s allegations of PDP and DNT having formed a coalition is not true.
“It was the decision of the individual candidates to pick PDP and deny DPT,” he added.
Tshering Tobgay said we need to change the way the government functions and it was with this same vision that all new political parties were formed and registered.
He added the people supporting the new parties should know PDP shares the same visions as the new parties, and they should think carefully while voting in the general election.
The PDP President blamed the former government for replacing their candidate during the last hours for north Thimphu constituency and the south Thimphu candidate for neglecting his constituency.
Tshering Tobgay also touched on the party motto, Wangtse Chhirpel.
He said Wangtse Chhirpel was by all means achievable, and if DPT deemed the pledges to be unrealistic, he would prove them wrong.
Empowering the local government, private sector, and the government agencies are the main priorities of the PDP.
The PDP President also met with taxi drivers, tour operators and guides, and the people from the sports community. He assured them that PDP will look into their affairs.
The President and his team walked along Norzin Lam area campaigning door-to-door.
Sangay Choda / Thimphu