Gov­ern­ment abuses Con­sti­tu­tion, PM should step down: DNT

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Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay will be re­mem­bered as a dou­ble stan­dard politi­cian, who de­fended the Con­sti­tu­tion as the Op­po­si­tion Leader and then abused the same Con­sti­tu­tion as the Prime Min­is­ter over the is­sue of levy­ing taxes and in­cen­tives.

The Gov­ern­ment has in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­lated the sa­cred Con­sti­tu­tion by im­pos­ing fis­cal in­cen­tives with­out pass­ing through the par­lia­ment as it should have done. Ar­ti­cle 14.1 states that “Taxes, fees and other forms of levies shall not be im­posed or al­tered ex­cept by law,” what hu­mil­i­ated the Na­tion is that the PM is the same politi­cian, who as the OL back im­pos­ing ve­hi­cle tax. In a his­tor­i­cal ver­dict, the Supreme Court had made it crys­tal clear that any re­vi­sion of taxes must be passed through the par­lia­ment as a law. The PDP gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tional fail­ure to ap­ply this to its fis­cal in­cen­tive pol­icy con­tra­venes the “very law” that it chose to de­fend against DPT.

We are there­fore ap­palled at the se­ri­ous breach and the grave in­tent behind con­tin­u­ing to jus­tify this vi­o­la­tion. Fur­ther­more, we are as­ton­ished at why in­ter- pre­ta­tion is be­ing sought and sa­cred in­sti­tu­tions dragged-in, when the case is clearly a breach of the Con­sti­tu­tion. Choos­ing to de­fend and vi­o­late the con­sti­tu­tion to suit nar­row po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests is ego­cen­tric and dan­ger­ous. This se­lec­tive Tha Damtsi to the Con­sti­tu­tion is very se­ri­ous and when done by the PM him­self is unac­cept­able and has brought a na­tional shame to Bhutan’s tryst with democ­racy. Now, the Prime Min­is­ter and the Fi­nance Min­is­ter should take moral re­spon­si­bil­ity and step down to prove their al­le­giance to the Con­sti­tu­tion and to the Tsa-Wa-Sum.

It is in the greater in­ter­est of our Na­tion and for the fu­ture of our in­fant democ­racy that the Gov­ern­ment of the day or any other po­lit­i­cal party must re­frain from play­ing with our sa­cred doc­u­ment by set­ting wrong prece­dence. The Con­sti­tu­tion is the mother of all laws, a sa­cred gift from the throne and we stand firm in our de­fense of the con­sti­tu­tion and if nec­es­sary we are pre­pared to take the Gov­ern­ment to court.

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