DNT prom­ises at least three min­is­ters from the east

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Trashigang

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, dur­ing his cam­paign in Kan­glungSamkhar-Ud­zorong con­stituency in Trashigang on Septem­ber 27, pledged to ap­point three to five min­is­ters from the east if the party is given a chance to form the gov­ern­ment.

“DNT be­ing a new po­lit­i­cal party, the party has se­cured the high­est votes in the pri­mary round with sup­port from all the peo­ple of the coun­try,” said the pres­i­dent.

The pres­i­dent said that dur­ing the pri­mary round, ex­cept for the GangzurMin­jey con­stituency in Lhuentse, DNT lost in all the con­stituen­cies of the east. “My big­gest worry is hav­ing no rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the cabi­net from the east and the coun­try be­ing di­vided on party lines.” But he added that DNT still sees op­por­tu­nity to win in the east as huge dif­fer­ences in votes did not ex­ist.

He said that if the peo­ple of the east sup­port DNT in the gen­eral round, the party will ap­point a min­i­mum of three min­is­ters from the east and also set up three new hos­pi­tals in the east.

How­ever, the pres­i­dent said that the sup­port­ers of PDP and BKP will de­cide the re­sults of the gen­eral elec­tions. “The peo­ple should look into the man­i­festoes of the party, think care­fully and de­cide by vot­ing for the right party.”

He urged peo­ple to look into the man­i­festoes of the party and to de­cide whether the pledges will ben­e­fit them. “Though our pledges will ben­e­fit all the peo­ple of the coun­try, it will ben­e­fit ru­ral peo­ple the most.”

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from the pub­lic on ap­point­ing the DNT can­di­date of Kan­glungSamkhar-Ud­zorong con­stituency as a min­is­ter if DNT is elected, the pres­i­dent said the past two gov­ern­ments DPT and PDP had a min­is­ter from Kan­glung-SamkharUd­zorong con­stituency and if the peo­ple of his con­stituency sup­ports DNT this time, the can­di­date will be ap­pointed as a min­is­ter.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the pres­i­dent said that “since the elec­tion is like a foot­ball match for ev­ery tough op­po­nent we need to have a strong team.”

Mean­while, the pres­i­dent promised to set up three new hos­pi­tals in the east. “If DNT is given a chance to form the gov­ern­ment, we will set up three new hos­pi­tals in Nganglam in Pema­gat­shel, Ris­er­boo and Kan­glung in Trashigang.”

He said that estab­lish­ing a new hos­pi­tal in Kan­glung is a must and it will ben­e­fit the pub­lic since Kan­glung is an ed­u­ca­tional hub and many of­fices are based in Kan­glung.

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing also promised to pro­vide spe­cial­ist ser­vices like en­doscopy, ul­tra­sound and blood test in gewogs and to up­grade hos­pi­tals in all dzongkhags with spe­cial­ist ser­vices like gy­ne­col­o­gist and a sur­geon to the Dzongkhag hos­pi­tals.

The pres­i­dent also promised to pro­vide al­lowances match­ing daily wage rate for women in ru­ral ar­eas dur­ing the ini­tial month of child­birth. “We will en­sure that the ben­e­fits are ex­tended to all the women who give birth so that it con­trib­utes to child­care as well as mother’s health.”

He said it is not good to sup­port one po­lit­i­cal party as it will not ben­e­fit any­one in the fu­ture.

“It is high time for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to think for the fu­ture of the coun­try and to vote for the best party.”

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