North Thim­phu DPT can­di­date with­draws

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Tsh­er­inv Yang­den/ Thim­phu

I n a rather baf­fled press con­fer­ence last Fri­day Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho the op­po­si­tion leader said that DPT fully re­spects Chen­cho Nidup’s de­ci­sion for not con­test­ing from North Thim­phu con­stituency and has no any hurt feel­ings to­wards him and his fam­i­lies.

The op­po­si­tion leader was speak­ing af­ter the newly nom­i­nated DPT can­di­date from North Thim­phu with­draws his can­di­da­ture for con­test­ing on the bye elec­tion to be held some­time in Oc­to­ber this year. The post for the MP in North Thim­phu was ly­ing va­cant fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of MP Kinga Tsh­er­ing on the 22nd of Au­gust 2016 this year.

Kinga Tsh­er­ing, MP of North Thim­phu Con­stituency, has re­signed to pur­sue fur­ther stud­ies at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, the USA with ef­fect from 22 Au­gust 2016. His res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted by the Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly af­ter due con­sid­er­a­tion of his re­quest

While the DPT sup­ported his ap­peal for leave for around four months till De­cem­ber 24, 2016 to com­plete the first se­mes­ter, it has strongly dis­suaded the MP from re­sign­ing from his seat in Par­lia­ment. To this ef­fect, af­ter re­jec­tion of leave by the Speaker, the DPT re­quested the MP to re­con­sider his de­ci­sion and re­called to join the duty. How­ever, as per ex­ist­ing laws and rules, it is ul­ti­mately the choice of the in­di­vid­ual and the DPT has no op­tion but to re­spect the MP’s de­ci­sion.

DPT as the op­po­si­tion Party was dis­ap­pointed that many, par­tic­u­larly the peo­ple in his con­stituency of North Thim­phu would feel with this turn of events. How­ever DPT had as­sured the peo­ple of North Thim­phu that as an op­po­si­tion Party, it will re­main strong as al­ways and strive even harder to ful­fill its sa­cred man­dates.

DPT says that Chen­cho Nidup was not be­ing pres­sur­ized to re­sign from his post rather it was his own de­ci­sion. Dr. Pema Jamt­sho said “DPT is dis­ap­pointed by the way he left, not by his de­ci­sion.”

DPT says that Chen­cho Nidup had a long call from the Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Nam­gay Dorji on Thurs­day but they don’t have any idea about their con­ver­sa­tion. DPT also added that “it’s not the con­cern of DPT but it’s the con­cern of the coun­try for his de­ci­sion.”

The for­mer health min­is­ter and Khar – Yu­rung MP Zanglay Dukpa said that ac­cord­ing to the Elec­tion Act, no one is al­lowed to in­flu­ence or pres­sur­ize peo­ple af­ter join­ing in any par­ties.

The op­po­si­tion leader also said that DPT did not any way force the can­di­date to with­draw from the party. It was Chen­cho Nidip’s s on free will to re­sign from the party.

DPT is still wor­ried that same thing might hap­pen to their up­com­ing can­di­date, at the same time they don’t have wor­ries for not get­ting the can­di­date.

Lastly DPT says that they are look­ing for free and fair bye-elec­tion of the North Thim­phu con­stituency.

Chen­cho Nidup, 30 from Taba is the new nom­i­nee of DPT was sup­posed to con­test against Tsh­er­ing, a can­di­date from PDP.

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