DNT to fo­cus on the east: DNT Pres­i­dent

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter/ Thim­phu

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa ( DNT) kicked- off the third par­li­men­tary gen­eral elec­tion on Septem­ber 22 from Thim­phu.

Dur­ing the event, Pres­i­dent of DNT, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing shared that the pri­mary round elec­tion re­sult had made the DNT eas­ier to win in the gen­eral round. He said that those con­stituen- cies where there was lead­ing votes ei­ther by Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa ( DPT) and Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party, DNT

was fol­low­ing in sec­ond po­si­tion. “We have hope to eas­ily win,” he added.

He be­lieved that it will de­pend on the luck of the day whether to lose or win how­ever, should strengthen our coun­try and re­main uni­fied to­gether.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease of DNT, party hope and wish to pur­sue a strat­egy that is not driven by short- term po­lit­i­cal gains but one that brings peo­ple to­gether, un­af­fected by po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

DNT wants to give choice to peo­ple by pre­sent­ing the strength through the right mix of a pool of tal­ents to form the gov­ern­ment. A party that will serve the peo­ple in its truest sense, with hu­mil­ity and in the great­est of sin­cer­ity in the com­ing years, guided by the vi­sions of His Majesty the King.

DNT con­ducted their first cam­paign meet­ing in Nganglam, Pema­gat­shel. Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, DNT feels that south­east­ern district is a pri­or­ity over­ach­ing goal of nar­row­ing the gap since the place is at the bot­tom five of the high­est poverty preva­lence in the coun­try. DNT has great hopes for re­mote dis­tricts in the east and ev­ery pledge we scripted in the man­i­festo aims at el­e­vat­ing them to the great­est ex­tent pos­si­ble.

“At this stage of our democ­racy, which it should be at all times of our na­tion’s fu­ture, it is not so much about the po­lit­i­cal par­ties that con­test for gov­er­nance at given in­ter­vals, but about a sov­er­eign coun­try blessed by an­cient saints and guided by vi­sion­ary suc­ces­sive mon­archs,” press re­lease states.

DNT be­lieves that in the last 10 years of demo­cratic process, the sort of pol­i­tics prac­ticed so far re­sulted in grow­ing divi­sion among fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. “Divi- sion along party lines is ev­i­dent to this day, but lit­tle has been done to mend that,” press re­lease states.

DNT as­pires to nar­row the gap to be­gin the heal­ing process to­ward clos­ing the rift left by the di­vi­sive pol­i­tick­ing prac­ticed so far. “Hav­ing nei­ther played the part of the gov­er­nance, or of the op­po­si­tion so far, we find our­selves in the best of po­si­tions to close this gap, driven by gen­uine yearn­ing to pull our­selves to­gether,” press re­lease states.

DNT en­deav­ors to drive the mes­sage that po­lit­i­cal par­ties are but agents, to guide the coun­try, its peo­ple and their col­lec­tive as­pi­ra­tions on a vi­sion con­ceived of by our vi­sion­ary mon­archs.

The party un­der­stands that it is not about strength­en­ing one po­lit­i­cal party or the other, but about strength­en­ing the coun­try and thereby, se­cur­ing the fu­ture of its peo­ple.

DNT look for­ward to a clean and healthy cam­paign­ing and wishes the same to DPT. DNT re­ceived 41 per­cent of the to­tal votes from east, 34 from south and 25 from west, a clear in­di­ca­tion of our win­ning hearts from across the coun­try.

“Our geo­graph­i­cal bound­aries should not be cause for our divi­sion and we should not be­lieve that po­lit­i­cal par­ties rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent peo­ple and re­gions. We are all loyal cit­i­zens un­der His Majesty the King.” - Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing’s mes­sage on the im­por­tance of unity and har­mony among peo­ple, in Bidung, Trashigang yes­ter­day (Pic: DNT)

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