Government abuses Constitution, PM should step down: DNT
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.