North Thimphu DPT candidate withdraws
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.