Op­po­si­tion try­ing to politi­cized the ju­di­ciary : PM

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Ly­on­choen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in the meet the press on Fri­day said that the Op­po­si­tion is try­ing to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage from the Supreme Court’s re­cent writ.

Ly­on­choen said it is highly ob­jec­tion­able as the op­po­si­tion is try­ing to politi­cized writ and try­ing to gain vote bank. Ly­on­choen re­fer­ring to the post posted by op­po­si­tion in the face­book on Au­gust 18, said that the party de­spite many chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, they have used so­cial me­dia to post the is­sue. “We con­demn the op­po­si­tion’s work.”

The post says that the government went ahead to es­tab­lish twenty-dzongkhag thromdeys and twenty yen­lag throms at one go de­spite op­po­si­tion’s dis­agree­ment.

“This is one of the big­gest among many blun­ders of the government,” says the post.

The government was able to push the Lo­cal Government Act 2014 and the sub­se­quent thromde de­mar­ca­tions

through par­lia­ment based on the ar­gu­ment that the con­sti­tu­tion re­quired the es­tab­lish­ment of twenty dzongkhag thromdes and twenty yen­lag throms, the post stated.

Ly­onch­hoen said that the government wel­comes the Supreme Court’s writ is­sued to elec­tion com- mis­sion to de­fer thromde elec­tions in the re­main­ing 16 dzongkhags.

“We ac­cepts the in­ter­pre­ta­tion and fol­low the con­tent in the writ with full faith,” said Ly­on­choen dur­ing the meet the press.

The Supreme Court has de­cided that we need to take a close look at how the thromdes are go­ing to func­tion, on how elec­tions are go­ing to be held, and as a mat­ter of fact when the elec­tions are go­ing to be held, Ly­onch­hoen said.

The Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion comes from their man­date to safe­guard the con­sti­tu­tion and in­ter­pret its pro­vi­sion.

He also said the writ was not against the government but said that the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive have done their jobs and the ju­di­ciary is do­ing its job.

The government Ly­onch­hoen said will con­tinue to work on the devel­op­ment of the thromdes in con­sul­ta­tion with the dzongkhag ad­min­is­tra­tion as the writ has just deferred the elec­tion.

The op­po­si­tion should have told us if they were strongly con­cerned about the is­sue when it was in dis­cus­sion said Ly­onch­hoen ex­plain­ing 55 of the to­tal 60 mem­bers in the joint sit­ting voted yes.

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