DNT finalizes names for cabinet
President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) Dr. Lotay Tshering maintained that the names and pictures of the party’s candidates that appear on social media linking them to be speaker and heading ministries were just hearsay and personal assumption.
On the appointment of the ministerial candidate, Dr. Lotay Tshering said what is there in the media is individual’s opinion and not DNT’s opinion.
“DNT has formed its cabinet and I have names in my mind. I will
submit the names to the concerned authorities when time comes. The names have been approved from the party. The individual candidates do not know who the ministerial candidates are,” he added.
The president said with assumptions some names can come through which is always the case. “Dr. Tandin Dorji being the minister is 100 percent, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen being minister is 100 percent; that’s the common guess,” he added.
General Secretary of DNT Phurba said it is the prerogative of the president to nominate the names for the cabinet.
“The president has been nominated as the Prime Minister and he is working out on the name list but it is not yet decided,” he added.
Though the names of the candidates forming the cabinet are yet to be confirmed by the party, General Secretary Phurba said there will be a regional balance in the cabinet.
However, a corporate employee said compared to Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), DNT has capable candidates which will make a strong cabinet. “There are just a few strong heads in DPT but in DNT almost every candidate is well educated and experienced which can make a better cabinet,” he said.
Another retired civil servant said a cabinet representing all regions of the country to the extent possible should be formed and that eastern Bhutanese must not be neglected just because they supported DPT.
A 45-year-old businessman based in Thimphu said, “The cabinet formation might not be strong and I am worried about representation from the east. Most of their heavy weights and ministerial candidates have lost in the elections.”
A freelance journalist who writes on politics, Gopilal Acharya, said DNT will have a young and inexperienced cabinet.
“They have to exercise wisdom and larger national interest while assigning ministerial portfolios even if it means having multiple ministers from one Dzongkhag. It will be a challenge for Dr. Lotay Tshering. They should appoint candidates who have knowledge about the ministries. They should not elect ministers for the sake of electing,” he said.
“As long as ministerial candidates are willing to work hard with humility and take advises from experienced civil servants, particularly senior civil servants and the attitude to learn and work in a team as one group it should not be a problem,” said Sonam Tshering, a lawyer based in Thimphu.
“It can only affect negatively if any of the minister functions with self ego and pride by saying they are elected by people; it can then derail even the most important functions,” he added.