The President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Tshering Tobgay received a warm welcome in Haa Dzongkhag yesterday evening, where he reiterated his party pledges, acknowledged the voters for their support during the primary round of elections, and refuted the recent allegations made by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT).
Speaking to a crowd of more than 800 people who gathered at the Katsho junior high school, Tshering Tobgay expressed his gratitude to the voters for their support and requested them to hold on to the same spirit for the General Election. “I wish to thank everyone for placing your trust in me and supporting the party, despite being unable to meet many of you during the primary round,” he said.
The PDP President stopped and spoke to some 300 people in Samar Gewog gathered at the Bjenkana primary school earlier in the afternoon.
Besides making clarifications on DPT allegations with regard to coalition, the President said PDP is now stronger than ever, with the seven Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidates joining the party on their own individual will. “In 2008, we had all the best candidates which have now been further strengthened,” he said.
The PDP President said the DNT candidates refused to join DPT because the PDP and DNT have a lot of the party ideologies in common. “With new times, we are all looking for change, decentralizing power to the grassroots, and empowering people. We do not want power to be held in the hands of a few, and that perhaps is the reason why other parties may have considered supporting PDP for we have this opportunity given by the people to contest in the general elections,” he said.
The President also said people will not seek ‘change’ in the system if the government benefits the people. “Three new parties were formed to contest in 2013, and one main reason behind it, is DPT’s incompetency or ignorance in serving the people of the country.”
On allegations and criticisms made by DPT, Tshering Tobgay dismissed it all as baseless and undemocratic. ”Parties are supposed to clearly convey and convince people with their pledges and manifestos, which is in the interest of the people. Instead of that, DPT is engaged in criticizing and defaming, which in the first place is of no importance to the people and are all baseless.”
Tshering Tobgay said PDP has always abided by the laws of the land and shall continue to do so.
“If DPT feels we are violating laws, they should oppose us through proper channels instead of making allegations in the air. We have the election commission, the courts and other authorities to take up such issues,” he said.
With regard to doubts over a candidate’s capability if any, the president said he would take personal responsibility to assure quality service by all the PDP candidates. He asked if the people had trust and faith in their Bji- Katsho candidate Kinley Wangmo, to which the crowd roared in approval.
Almost all the people at the gatherings who talked to The Bhutanese vowed to vote for PDP. They raised issues such as undesirable mining activities in the Dzongkhag approved by DPT while in power, lack of adequate tourist visits and poor farm roads among others.