DNT con­demns the ris­ing east pol­icy

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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.

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