DNT condemns the rising east policy
The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has condemned the government policy to provide special attention to the eastern Dzongkhags to accelerate the economic development. The initiative called as the Rising East program was formed with four Cabinet Ministers hailing from the East and has announced the establishment of three colleges in the East recently.
The opposition party Druk Phuensum Tshogpa raised serious objection on the government and called it a direct violation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan last week.
In a press release issued by DNT, the party lauds the PDP government’s initiative to develop the eastern part of Bhutan in line with its policy of balanced socio-economic de- velopment but vehemently oppose the need to constitute a special committee within the cabinet. This is a result of myopic vision of the party to gain short term political mileage notwithstanding long term repercussions on our vision of Unity and the spirit of democracy that our monarchs have tirelessly worked on for decades.
DNT opposes any initiative or strategy that in any way creates division within our society either based on regionalism or ethnicity. Such an initiative is also against the very principles enshrined in our constitution and is a matter of grave concern for all Bhutanese.
“The formation of the Eastern Development Committee by the PDP government is discriminatory and sets precedents with damaging consequences. It exposes the inability on the part of the PDP government to transcend imme- diate party ambitions for long term national good. This not only goes against the spirit of democracy that was born from the selflessness of a benevolent and beloved Monarch but also the spirit of the Bhutanese people who view themselves as Bhutanese first and foremost. It also contradicts the enlightened vision of our Father of the Constitution to build issue based democratic parties and politics for which two party democracy was preferred as opposed to a multi-party coalition democracy as in many other countries”.
“Most developmental activities are in any case already in the 5 year plan and in government policies being implemented by the relevant agencies of the government. There is already in place a time tested system, meticulously nurtured and built by our successive Kings over decades. The east cannot be developed merely by forming a committee but through framing the right policies and allocating adequate resources. The government’s action is therefore purely a direct and extremely malicious attempt to identify a large voting bloc using language and regional identity. It will only be a matter of time before this degenerate into religious or ethnic blocs across all activities.” the press release states.
DNT appeals the PDP government to refrain from such divisive tactics and petty politics borne from over eagerness to gain political mileage and respect the principles enshrined in our sacred Constitution. A well-functioning and responsible government will strengthen and further Bhutan’s progress, while divisive and selfish political parties and leaders will only drag the entire country down.