l Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu
Clearing the air on whether or not Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will contest in the 2018 general elections, the Opposition Leader, Dr. (PhD) Pema Gyamtsho, said that his party is all set for the upcoming elections during the general party convention on 26th August, 2017.
DPT, according to the Opposition Leader, is still one of the strongest parties among the five registered political parties in the country.
“Our party was founded to live on for an indefinite period. Thus, irrespective of winning or losing, we have to stay afloat,” said Dr. (PhD) Pema Gyamtsho.
The Member of Parliament (MP) from Panbang, Dorji Wangdi, said the opposition party in true sense ‘is a government in waiting’. He said that the members and the supporters must strive and work together towards achieving Gross National Happiness (GNH) goals through ‘equity and justice’.
“We are serving the nation as a constructive and responsible opposition party at the moment. And in future too, we must accept whichever responsibility the people bestow upon us,” said Dorji Wangdi.
He said that DPT is the most active party because the members meet every week to discuss the issues that are of national interest. “We also meet as many people as possible, listen to their concerns, and voice out in the parliament sessions. Further, we have appointed 10 shadow ministers among ourselves to assist the ruling party in governance,” He added.
“Our party is also strong and experienced one because we have served the people ever since the introduction of democracy in the country. In fact, in the last two general elections, we could produce 60 MPs and that clearly speaks out for itself,” said Dorji Wangdi.
In order to consolidate the presence of the party, one of the party supporters suggested that the party top brass embark on a nationwide tour as soon as possible. To this, the Opposition Leader said that he will plan a tour within a month and inform the dates to all the supporters.
Meanwhile, Dr. (PhD) Pema Gyamtsho was re-elected as the president of the party. Dorji Wangdi and Ugyen Wangdi were also re-elected as the vice presidents for the party affairs and parliamentary affairs respectively.
The convention was attended by over 80 party members and supporters.