A can­di­date al­leges DPT of de­cep­tion and defama­tion

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Yen­ten Thin­ley from Thim­phu

A can­di­date, who claimed has been en­dorsed by Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) to rep­re­sent the party in the 2018 elec­tions from Som­pangkha con­stituency in Sarpang since Au­gust 2017, has al­leged DPT of be­trayal, de­cep­tion and defama­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the can­di­date, San Bdr Monger, he was to be de­clared as the DPT can­di­date from Som­pangkha con­stituency as per the dec­la­ra­tion date, which was set right af­ter the Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions 2018.

How­ever, San Bdr Monger said

DPT silently de­clared an­other can­di­date on May 15 this year.

In a press con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day by San Bdr Monger and his brother MB Monger, San Bdr Monger said they had ac­cepted the DPT’s pro­posal to rep­re­sent the party based on mu­tual agree­ment by both par­ties to keep con­fi­den­tial about the deal till the NC elec­tions were over and that there will be no con­di­tion of propos­ing any other can­di­dates at any cost by DPT and no with­drawal of can­di­da­ture till NC elec­tions were over at any cost from the can­di­date’s side.

It was also men­tioned that the en­dorse­ment of can­di­date was con­ducted on Au­gust 7, 2017 in­ter­nally in the pres­ence of DPT pres­i­dent and Lot­sham Com­mit­tee at Ho­tel Lo­tus in Thim­phu town with the pre­sen­ta­tion of in­tro­duc­tion speech by Ka­mal Dhan Cham­ling and San Bdr Monger fol­lowed by evening tea and din­ner.

But with DPT declar­ing an­other can­di­date from Som­pangkha con­stituency, San Bdr Monger wants DPT to com­pen­sate him for the loss of op­por­tu­ni­ties to join other par­ties, for re­main­ing job­less for around 11 months, for the loss of op­por­tu­ni­ties to go abroad with wife for fur­ther stud­ies and job, loss of en­ergy, money and re­sources by tele­phone call­ing for in­ter­nal cam­paign­ing with friends, rel­a­tives and prospec­tive vot­ers, and for be­trayal, de­cep­tion and defama­tion.

San Bdr Monger said he stayed with­out job for 10 months af­ter the deal made on Au­gust 2017, ex­pect­ing the dec­la­ra­tion from DPT which was to me made right af­ter the NC elec­tions. “I missed many op­por­tu­ni­ties to join other par­ties and job,” he added.

San Bdr Monger’s brother, MB Monger, said his brother had re­ceived of­fer from other par­ties too, but they did not ac­cept the of­fer to main­tain prin­ci­ples of a good hu­man be­ing.

“I have at­tended sev­eral meet­ings for can­di­date’s dec­la­ra­tion and sup­port. Fur­ther, I also ap­proached the DPT pres­i­dent in­form­ing him about ru­mors of in­tro­duc­ing an­other can­di­date re­plac­ing my brother, but the pres­i­dent as­sured a con­fir­ma­tion of ticket on March 15 this year at DPT’s of­fice and ad­vised not to move any­where,” MB Monger said. “We have also lost huge money by call­ing friends and sup­port­ers to pro­mote DPT ev­ery month.”

He added that lead­ing a coun­try is not a job of a child. “If a leader can’t keep their words, then how the pres­i­dent of DPT can/will rule the coun­try.”

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