DNT ex­pects to win in 25 con­stituen­cies: Pres­i­dent

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen

At Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa’s (DNT) cam­paign in Lhuentse on Oc­to­ber 3, the party pres­i­dent, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that ac­cord­ing to the party’s cal­cu­la­tion, it ex­pects to win in at least 25 con­stituen­cies.

“I am op­ti­mistic that DNT will win the gen­eral elec­tions but the sup­port­ers of PDP and BKP will de­cide the end re­sults,” he said.

He said that the ones who sup­ported the two par­ties DNT and DPT in the pri­mary elec­tion will sup­port the same party in the gen­eral elec­tion too.

“There will be min­i­mal changes in the num­ber of both DNT and DPT sup­port­ers in the gen­eral elec­tion but the sup­port­ers of PDP and BKP will de­cide which par­ties will form the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion.”

He also said that while DPT won 22 con­stituen­cies in the pri­mary round, DNT came sec­ond with min­i­mum vote dif­fer­ence. “In ar­eas where DNT had won, DPT came third in po­si­tion with huge vote dif­fer­ences and where PDP had won, DNT was sec­ond.”

Al­though Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said the suc­cess of the party in the gen­eral elec­tion will de­pend on those who sup­ported PDP and BKP in the pri­mary elec­tion, he said many of those sup­port­ers have switched their sup­port to­ward DNT.

Mean­while, the Pres­i­dent thanked the peo­ple of Gangzur-Min­jey con­stituency for giv­ing DNT the only win in the eastern re­gion. “The con­stituency be­ing the birth­place of monar­chy, it is an aus­pi­cious sign that the bet­ter re­sults will come in fa­vor of DNT from east in the gen­eral elec­tion.”

Dur­ing the cam­paign in Lhuentse, he said that one of the ris­ing is­sues in the coun­try is youth prob­lems. “Many youths with­out a proper job are en­gag­ing in bad com­pa­nies and those youths are mostly class X dropouts who couldn’t qual­ify for gov­ern­ment schools,” he said. “If DNT gets a chance to form the gov­ern­ment, stu­dents who have at least man­aged a pass mark will be given an op­por­tu­nity to study till class XII.”

How­ever, the Pres­i­dent said that DPT has been crit­i­ciz­ing DNT’s pledge of do­ing away with the class X cut off point and rais­ing the min­i­mum ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion level to class 12 as un­con­sti­tu­tional. “We have con­sulted the judges who were in­volved in draft­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and they said there is no prob­lem.”

At the meet­ings in the Dzongkhag, the Pres­i­dent also pledged to nar­row the gap through bet­ter and im­proved health fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, rais­ing the level of ba­sic min­i­mum ed­u­ca­tion, and pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives for moth­ers to breast­feed their chil­dren for the first six months.

He said that the huge sup­port for DNT in the pri­mary elec­tions shows the fact that health ser­vices in the coun­try need to de­velop and im­prove as health care re­mains the party’s first pri­or­ity.

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing also urged the au­di­ence to lis­ten to both the par­ties’ pledges care­fully and to vote for the party which they find will ben­e­fit them and the na­tion as a whole.

One of the at­ten­dees, a driver from Lhuentse said he was par­tic­u­larly in fa­vor of the party’s pledge to im­prove and de­velop health­care-re­lated ser­vices. “When my wife had to get hos­pi­tal­ized for treat­ment, it was very dif­fi­cult to get check­ups on time and we had to wait for long pe­ri­ods of time to meet with the doc­tor for check­ups.”

More­over, he said that he had to go to the hos­pi­tal time and again just to get a test re­sult. “Dur­ing the cam­paigns we need to lis­ten care­fully to the pledges and un­der­stand them well so that we can choose the best gov­ern­ment.”

An­other ob­server said that both par­ties’ pledges seem to be prac­ti­cal. “Now it is our duty to choose the best party.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing com­pleted his cam­paign in the east with three meet­ings in Lhuentse on Oc­to­ber 3.

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