DPT de­nies DNT’s al­le­ga­tion of hav­ing re­cruited 20 youths

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The gen­eral sec­re­tary of Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT), San­gay Phurba, de­nied al­le­ga­tion from Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) of DPT hav­ing had re­cruited 20 youths to de­fame DNT and its can­di­dates on the so­cial me­dia and dis­credit the party.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence in Thim­phu on Wed­nes­day, San­gay Phurba said the al­le­ga­tion was false and base­less.

“The party doesn’t have money even to pay the salary of our peo­ple in the party of­fice on time and how we can pay to re­cruit 20 youths to de­fame the other party,” he added.

Mean­while, DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, a cam­paign meet­ing in Mong­gar, re­port­edly ac­cused DPT of char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion, say­ing that DPT had em­ployed about 20 youths to de­fame DNT can­di­dates on so­cial me­dia and dis­credit the party.

“I had never done such a thing in my en­tire life of 50 years. No one can make a joke out of some­one’s rep­u­ta­tion or the elec­toral process. This is not done. This is cor­rup­tion. We’ll not take part in it and we can­not com­pete with them,” Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing re­port­edly said.

He re­port­edly added, “Since the DPT has been en­gaged in crit­i­ciz­ing other party’s pledges over the suc­ces­sive elec­tions in the past it could have be­come their habit.”

DPT’s San­gay Phurba said DPT has also ad­vised their can­di­dates not to in­dulge in de­fam­ing oth­ers.

“None of our can­di­dates has done that,” he added.

“Dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod, it is im­por­tant to learn and un­der­stand whether the pledges are rel­e­vant and rea­son­able. It should not be con­strued as a crit­i­cism and even our pledges are crit­i­cized by the peo­ple, but we are not re­act­ing to it. In fact, we are happy that we can bring im­prove­ment to our pledges,” San­gay Phurba said.

He also clar­i­fied that the party is not in­tend­ing to pri­va­tize hy­dropower projects in the coun­try.

“What we have men­tioned is that we re­quire par­tic­i­pa­tion of pri­vate sec­tor in the con­struc­tion of hy­dropower projects which we have clearly men­tioned in our man­i­festo. Mud­sling is on the rise ev­ery now and then on so­cial me­dia tar­get­ing party, can­di­dates and in­di­vid­u­als and it’s dif­fi­cult to re­act, but the best pos­si­ble way is to ig­nore those,” he added.

Mean­while, DPT also is­sued a press re­lease stat­ing that DNT’s al­le­ga­tion was a des­per­ate way of cam­paign­ing with a sole aim to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage rather than giv­ing a choice to the peo­ple.

“DPT firmly be­lieves that the qual­ity of a good leader in­cludes with­stand­ing all kinds of crit­i­cisms and al­le­ga­tions,” the press re­lease stated.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, DPT is a party founded on ut­most in­tegrity, sin­cer­ity, and ded­i­ca­tion to serve TsaWa-Sum, and they have the ex­pe­ri­ence of con­test­ing in the elec­tions since the first gen­eral elec­tions.

“We do not see a rea­son to re­sort to such an un­eth­i­cal way to win elec­tions. Also, such as an act de­vi­ates from our prin­ci­ple of Eq­uity and Jus­tice,” states the press re­lease.

“On the con­trary to what the pres­i­dent said, it is our party that is get­ting caught in a bar­rage of flak in so­cial me­dia. Some fake ac­count hold­ers, in their at­tempt to re­duce our elec­toral chances, are go­ing to the ex­tent of putting the sovereignty of our na­tion at stake, but we have never com­plained to any­one. ”

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