DNT fi­nal­izes names for cabi­net

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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.

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