Monday, July 22, 2013

A letter to DPT Party and President.

Dear DPT and 1st Democratic Prime Minister of Bhutan.

It seems the Political dust is gradually settling down. The DPT members have expressed their election process grievances and 15 such points have been submitted to the King. The DNT (Nyamrup) has also held its meeting probably to put pressure on the PDP President and Prime Minister elect for Cabinet berths of the DNT winning candidates. That’s fair and square in politics of democracy.

The DPT of-course is in the opposition and will have to fill the opposition bench in the Parliament. But now who is the opposition leader in the parliament? DPT lost the Election by the will of the people? by superior strategies of  PDP? by providence? or what so ever other reasons? I think the election defeat is enough to awaken DPT to political realities. There is no need to commit further blunder.

What is really wrong with the likes of your Excellency and His Excellency Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup nurtured and elevated by the King? One defeat overwhelms you. One did not want to remain as President of PDP and the other does not want to be the opposition leader in the parliament. For DPT members and its executive council, don’t you think that your President should shoulder the party’s opposition leadership in the Parliament? There is no need to groom Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho . The way I see, he is quite well groomed already. However, it could be in the Party’s present and long term interest to appoint him as the opposition spokesperson in the Parliament because his age and temperament matches that of the Prime Minister elect.            With respects Wangcha Sangey


12 comments:

  1. Sir,DPT can't deny to duly fill in the opposition benches based on democratic election. Unquestionable. Nor can they weld the trending imperfection factor as an excuse not to do so. But clearing the obscurity caused during the political stampede should be put high on the agenda by the king, country and the people. Else the dent will remain to grow beyond comprehension. With worm regards-PT Toffy.

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    1. I am in full agreement with your point of view.

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  2. This is the last time I am accessing this blog site.

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  3. Lyonpo JYT has been the main target of the PDP ever since DPTs overwhelming win in the 2008 elections, for reasons best known to the backers of the PDP. Now that the elections have been lost, it is only natural for him to step down and hand over the reigns of the party to a younger leader, the fact that he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate in 2018 must have played a big role in his decision to step down. Though, if the election experience in 2013 is anything to go by, I doubt that anyone sane would like to delve in Bhutanese politics anymore.

    At the same time, I don't think anyone would want to see TT and JYT crossing swords ever again, it sure did not make for good viewing in the past 5 years.

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    1. I feel one has to look beyond this election and possible repeat of confrontation in National Assembly that you speak of. Any important foreign visitor to Bhutan would be meeting PM, possibly Lyonpos and may even be privileged to get Royal audience. At the same time if JYT is the opposition leader, these same visitors would want to meet him. Leaving aside our personal or political prejudices, most Bhutanese may still agree that besides the institution of Monarchy, His excellency Jigmi Yoezer Thinley is one Bhutanese leader who has the necessary national and international credentials which cannot be matched as yet by other leaders.

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    2. In politics, there is certainly no time for sentiments, HE JYT has reached the twilight of his amazing career and it is only natural that someone new is now required to take the helms of DPT and steer the party forward. I agree with all that you have written, however, rightly or wrongly, HE will always be divisive figure in Bhutanese politics, same like the PM elect. To call a spade a spade, lets just say that PDP supporters just can't stand JYT and similarly DPT supporters just hate the PM elects guts. In such a scenario, it would be good for everyone concerned that we don't have the two of them confronting each other any more, it is very likely that the PDP would actually welcome such a move too.

      In regard to important foreign dignitaries visiting Bhutan, if they were to meet JYT in his role as the opposition leader and things did go wrong, the flip side would be that PDP would again accuse him of souring relations with friends and other global partners. Even when he did nothing of that sort, he was blamed for so many of the problems. And who are we kidding, the most important visitors to Bhutan would be anyone from India, the way the PDP seem to be kowtowing to them and looking at how things panned out in the run up to our elections, I don't think JYT would want to meet anyone from that sub continent anytime soon.

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  4. It is good JYT is no more the opposition leader, if a foreign dignitary were to come to Bhutan and had meetings with both JYT and the present PM, he may wonder how we went about choosing TT instead of JYT. TT will never even be half the man JYT ever was, this will be played out in the next 5 years.

    Anyway, best of luck to the new government and hope you guys live up to your promises.

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    1. You are so naive in underestimating a person. Bhutan is rich in having many people like you which is why are lagging behind in many aspects. Your attitude is epitomized by many our top bureaucrats who think younger generations are nothing but loaded with irrational ideas.

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  5. TT is not fit for PM post

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  6. I think it is not fair to jump in to a conclusion yet regarding TT's capability as he has just begun his journey as the PM. People can judge him only after assessing his achivements over the next couple of months in terms of what legislations his team is going to pass or carry out amendments of the past acts which are in dire need of amendments,how transparent his governance is going to be and how effectively his team cracks down on the rampant corruption, etc. What is important is that he has started with what appears to be a well intentioned austerity measures, which is impressive. Let us only hope that this step is imitated by not only his cabinet members and MPs but all the way down to the lower ladder of bureaucracy. Therefore, dear countrymen let us not indulge ourselves in any blame game or try to write off anyone just like that. Let us all remain united and be part of the journey of our democracy and serve our beloved Kings, Country and the People in whichever way or capacity we can. We must always remember that together we stand, divided we fall.

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  7. I sincerely feel so scare under pdp government, my whole family we went to east to vote for pdp to bring changes, in our country. Now we hear true story( very dangerous). Bhutan will lose its independent. I am not influence by any one I am learning all these thing from international news, from local and present Indian Ambassador playing with our new government. I am sharing honestly feel so so so scary.......

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  8. At the risk of sounding like a PDP supporter (I was accused of being a DPT supporter in 2008 then) I would request our fellow countrymen to let the new govt get on with the business of governing and delivering on its pledges. Let us move ahead despite the rancour. Most of us know that all politicians are not saints and one should not expect them to be such. If the parliament is stable we will be able to segregate the chafe from grain after two years at the max, taking into account they are also humans wont to making mistakes.
    If the governing party does not deliver the goods by then and they make hay for themselves and their wealthy supporters we should voice out our displeasure. We have to be reasonable but at the same time they should know they cannot ride rough shod over us.
    I would like to believe that TT has become wiser...blimey if he treads the same path like his predecessor for my hopes of a better Bhutanese future will be $#*#%-up!! and I would have wasted my votes two times in a row.

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