DNT undeterred, out to bring Nyamrup’s Peoples Manifesto

l Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu


The recent allegation about a core Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) member, who is said to have made false vehicle insurance claims of more than Nu 0.2 million from the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (RICBL) has not affected DNT. Rather, the party is upbeat and moving on to offer the people of Bhutan a manifesto, called the Nyamrup’s Peoples Manifesto.

This was underlined by DNT’s General Secretary (GS), Tenzin Lekphell, who is currently in Eastern Bhutan.

According to the GS, DNT is a party that places the interests and needs of the people at the forefront, the very reason for venturing forward to bring out the said Manifesto. He also said the exercise to come up with such a Manifesto began some time back. DNT has already consulted Bhutanese people living in border areas, truckers, commercial sex workers of Phuentsholing and people in some other districts. Yesterday, representatives of the party moved to Pemagatshel, which would be followed by Nganglam and Samdrup Jongkhar.

“We are meeting people from different background around every corner of the country to bring out the real issues. We are trying to understand issues, problems, difficulties and challenges of different communities from different backgrounds,” Tenzin Lekphell said, adding that DNT wants to involve people in bringing out the Manifesto, “which will be for the betterment of the people.”

He further said that the more they understand the people and their needs; the Manifesto would get better, relevant and extra rich. “The final product will be Nyamrup’s Peoples Manifesto.”

When questioned about the difference that the said Manifesto and the needs reflected would have as compared to what the Local Government (LG) must have submitted to the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), he replied that DNT does not know what GNHC has for the people. “However, DNT needs to meet more people to understand their problems,” he said.

“We are not comparing with the LG and GNHC, but we are trying to learn and understand people better; which is required when we represent them,” Tenzin Lekphell added. He further mentioned that DNT is a party which will follow the people. “In Nyamrup Spirit,   citizens or the people will lead and DNT will follow,” the GS said.

On the recent allegation that former Dzongkha Development Commission secretary, Dasho Sherab Gyaltshen, who is today a core DNT member, allegedly made false vehicle insurance claims of more than Nu 0.2 million, Tenzin Lekphell said that a person is innocent until proven guilty. He further added that DNT is and will not be affected.

This spirit resonates in the latest post on Facebook by the party, where it is mentioned that during the opening of a regional office in Tashigang, the people’s support was overwhelming. The post says that DNT is humbled and truly grateful to the people for coming forward and showing their support.

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