DPT be­gins cam­paign to woo south

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Yen­ten Thin­ley from Thim­phu

As we gear up for the gen­eral round of the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) have be­gun cam­paign from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, es­pe­cially from places which are not the party’s strong­hold.

Ac­cord­ingly, DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing has be­gun cam­paign from the east, while DPT pres­i­dent Pema Gyamt­sho has be­gun cam­paign from the south last week.

Pema Gyamt­sho be­gan cam­paign for the

gen­eral round of the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions from Da­gana by speak­ing to the con­gre­ga­tion in Da­gapela in Lhot­samkha on Mon­day.

The pres­i­dent said DPT was through the pri­mary round and thanked the peo­ple of Da­gana for their sup­port and show of con­fi­dence in DPT.

“Even if the DPT couldn’t win from con­stituen­cies here, we are not sad. But now as just two par­ties will be con­test­ing, what is im­por­tant for peo­ple now is to as­sess party’s pledges and see whether they are for longterm or short-term,” he added.

En route to Da­gana, Pema Gyamt­sho met with the peo­ple of Sunkosh and told them that DPT will con­struct the Sunkosh Hy­dropower Pro­ject if they get the man­date to form the gov­ern­ment. It was also shared that DPT as­pired to ex­e­cute at least three hy­dropower projects and re­vamp the na­tional tar­get of in­creas­ing the elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

In a meet­ing on the next day with the peo­ple of Tseza and Kana gewogs in Da­gana, the DPT pres­i­dent urged the peo­ple there to re­frain from cor­rupt prac­tices, such as tak­ing bribes for votes and spread­ing false news and ru­mors about po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“In a small coun­try like ours, we have to strive for peace and har­mony in sync with ef­forts to make our democ­racy a unique and vi­brant one,” he ad­vised.

Pema Gyamt­sho also de­lib­er­ated on the DNT’s pledge of do­ing away with the cut-off point for class X stu­dents, which he said will fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rate the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

He added that ev­ery par­ent must think twice and un­der­stand whether or not such a pledge was good for the coun­try’s chil­dren and for the na­tion. In­stead, he said DPT will al­low one­time dis­qual­i­fied stu­dents of class X and XII to re­peat as reg­u­lar stu­dents.

Sim­i­larly, on the DNT’s pledges of pro­vid­ing free WiFi, Pema Gyamt­sho said we need to think about re­sources and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“More im­por­tantly, we need to ques­tion our­selves whether or not WiFi is the pri­or­ity at the mo­ment,” he said, adding that even the gov­ern­ments in most de­vel­oped coun­tries don’t pro­vide free WiFi ev­ery­where and that their party man­i­festo states pro­vid­ing free WiFi only at hos­pi­tals, parks and bus ter­mi­nals.

And in a meet­ing with the peo­ple of Dam­phu in Tsir­ang on Thurs­day, the DPT pres­i­dent said they will, if elected, re­view and im­prove cen­tral school pol­icy to make ed­u­ca­tion more eq­ui­table and sus­tain­able.

The peo­ple were also told that DPT will en­sure that all stu­dents study­ing in re­mote schools get mid-day meal. It was also shared that DPT would up­grade three se­lected schools to col­leges with Dam­phu Cen­tral School be­ing one of the three schools.

Ac­cord­ing to DPT man­i­festo, the party will es­tab­lish ECRs and ECCD cen­tres in ev­ery chi­wog as deemed nec­es­sary, main­tain schools in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties at least up to class VI, in­crease the stipend for stu­dents in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions from Nu 1,500 to Nu 3,000, pro­vide bus ser­vice for stu­dents hav­ing to walk for more than an hour, and in­tro­duce leave en­cash­ment for teach­ers.

Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple in Doban in Sarpang on Thurs­day, Pema Gyamt­sho in­formed the con­gre­ga­tion that DPT is a team with good blend of young and old, and that 16 of the can­di­dates have worked as the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for at least five years and three were min­is­ters.

“The most pop­u­lar MP, Dorji Wangdi who is bet­ter known as Mr. Pan­bang, is very much with us. Also, Ly­onpo Thakur Singh has come back to pol­i­tics leav­ing be­hind his job as the pres­i­dent of RTC, all be­cause he is gen­uinely con­cerned about the peo­ple and the na­tion,” he said, adding that the party also has five young men (aged be­low 30), who have come with their youth­ful vigor to serve the Tsa-WaSum.

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