The names of North Thimphu’s MP Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, Patalay-Tsirangtoe MP Nar Bhadhur Gurung, Gelephu MP Prem Kumar Gurung, Zhemgang MP Tshering Dorji, and Pugli-Samtse MP, Prahlad Gurung are currently doing the rounds.
Zhemgang MP Tshering Dorji said he was not sure whether he will be able to contest for the elections, as this decision rested entirely upon his physicians.
He said his health had been on the decline and was advised by his doctors to relax.
“If my health condition does not allow me then I will discuss it with the party, and if I cannot make it for the elections, I would still continue to be a member of the DPT,” said Tshering Dorji.
MP Prem Kumar Gurung said at one point in his politically-prevailing time he had contemplated not contesting. The Gelephu MP however did not confirm his status for 2013.
“I will give a definite statement at an appropriate time in the nearest future, as of now, I will leave everyone guessing,” said Prem Kumar Gurung.
Word out among politicians also delved on the national language Dzongkha, which is the official language for deliberations in parliament and the candidates’ debates during the election process is also held in a Dzongkha version.
Politicians have also been talking that Dzongkha which posed as a shortcoming for some MPs was a problem with some of the members, and hence few have decided to opt-out of 2013.
This would be a direct indication to the DPT senior members MP Nar Bahadhur Gurung and MP Prahlad Gurung.
Nar Bahadhur Gurung, (running 61) was however upbeat in attitude toward his otherwise Achilles heel. “Now my Dzongkha has improved,” he said.
He however reserved comments on his re-run in 2013.
MP Prahlad Gurung (60) said he has not decided whether to contest or not but it was up to the party to decide. “If I decide not to contest it will primarily be for my health reason and age,” he said.
Prahlad Gurung said language was not really an issue. It was only when it came to deliberations in the parliament, he ran short of vocabulary.
The officiating Secretary General of the DPT, Tshewang Rinzin said there was no such talks on party ticketing and who will not be contesting for the elections.
“We have not heard of any such things and if there was anything that the party required to know then it will only be after the government dissolves,” he said.
Regarding Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, he said during the last meeting the party’s Secretary General had said owing to Lyonpo’s health issues, he might not be able to contest for the elections.
However, Tshewang Rinzin said this was not confirmed.
Tshewang Rinzin said as of now, DPT has not thought of a candidate to replace Lyonpo. However, if the need arose then getting a candidate from Thimphu would not be a problem, unlike other remote dzongkhags where it was difficult to get a candidate with experience.