If 10 days grace period starting from 31st July was a considered factor then the appropriate day of decision to accept or decline the resignation of JYT, would be 9th or 10th of August, 2013. However, I think it is the prerogative of the Speaker to choose the date of resignation acceptance since JYT had chosen the day to file resignation application. Let astrologers debate on the particular choice of ‘Sunday’ and ‘Wednesday’.
It was amusing if you choose to look at it positively but otherwise its intriguing on the darker side when the public is told that JYT cannot be ice-boxed-blue because a “lacuna exist in the National Assembly Act”. The National Assembly Act is fine. Just because the Act did not provide the legal tool to penalize JYT for resigning, it does not necessarily mean the Act needs to be amended.
The former Prime Minister made a difficult, brave and necessary decision. After being publicly accused of subverting both the corner stone foreign policy of Bhutan and the prerogatives of the Throne, anything that MP JYT may say in the House of National Assembly or Parliament could be construed as anti-India, pro-China, anti-national or another spike against the Throne. Maybe as some opinioned, JYT chooses to be MP if he is the 1st MP or Prime Minister. But judging by what is visible to naked eyes and reasonable mind, he had no option only an alternative either resign or assume a mummified presence which may again fuel further controversies.
As stated in my earlier blogs, PDP President, candidates and party workers executed a superior campaign and so interventions from within or without may have varied the numbers but PDP would still have secured the majority. Therefore, the victor must be acknowledged. And according to media report, the President of DPT tried to do just that on the election night but his several calls to the victor went unacknowledged. Maybe the perceived contempt and disdain of a conqueror instead of the usual grace of a democratic victor had flared the post election turmoil of varied emotions. All that needs to be now buried with the past so that the nation can have a rebirth of unity. We now have the 2nd phase of the Royal Government of Democratic Bhutan in place so the political environment should improve as months pass by.
In between the entire period of political happenings, the former Prime Minister struck two distinct cords of forward democracy path. He seems to have coaxed DPT Party to form a united Opposition Team under a unanimously elected new leadership to enable the democratic process march ahead unhindered. And then he tendered his own resignation as MP heeding the earlier call of the supporters to preserve their dignity. Considering the prevailing circumstances and against the backdrop of his party’s push and pull, he displayed a stroke of political ingenuity.
I came across a very soul searched Dungsampa letter to JYT. The way it was narrated, it must have moistened the hearts of many well wishers. Before that I had glimpsed the BBS coverage of Mongar post election meet. To describe the scene of much tears and sorrow of the aged and the young as that of a nation in agony would be incorrect because it was only a DPT consolation meet. But it was a scene of Bhutanese of many walks of life in tears. All these illustrative outpouring of affection affirm that JYT if not now the number one MP still remains the number one private citizen to many Bhutanese. Maybe it is now the appropriate time to wish him the best hereafter.