Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bhutan Elects New Government



In the history of Bhutanese election, 24th March 2008, as we recall, was a memorable day. In our first ever parliamentary election, we observed how DPT stormed into power winning 45 of 47 seats. We all recall how Davids' of the DPT slayed the Goliaths' of PDP then. It was landslide win and someone somewhere called it a Bhutanese intelligent and wisdom. In essence people voted for 'equity and justice'

Like wise, 13th July 2013 will yet again go down in the Bhutanese history as the most memorable day. People of Bhutan have voiced their heart in a similar pattern. In a resounding decision, we have now voted out DPT to whom we once bestowed the power in unanimity. It is now PDP who stormed into power winning 32 of the 47 seats. It can be considered as another landslide election spurred by PDP's "wangtse Chirpel"  

In few days time, we will have PDP constituted government, PDP constituted cabinet and PDP elected speaker in the parliament. In short we are going to have a government formed by young leaders whose dynamism we will be looking forward to. With economy in shambles and long list of pledges, they surely have a mountain to climb. 

Another significant outcome of this election is that most of the MPs who served as the Ministers in the DPT government have won from their constituencies as well. After so many years with orange scarf, they will now wear blue scarf. In no way it should be deemed as demotion because democracy knows no colour. The beauty of their win means that we are going to have a formidable opposition. With formidable opposition, the least thing we can expect is controversial laws. This is good for Bhutan's maturing democracy.

Besides, 2013 election has also become significant in many ways. There are so many issues which can be discussed at length. We can certainly look back and see what went wrong with the "equity and justice of DPT? In course of time we will also understand the alleged meddling role India played in our election. We shall in time see whether we have elected a "puppet" or a Tiger. Its not time for every Bhutanese to sit and relax. Rather its time for all of us to rise in union and work towards furthering our beloved country in the right direction.

Unaware of international happenings, most local folks are of the opinion that we have elected a party that has promised to deliver a change that most of Bhutanese have been looking for. And a change that transcends equity and justice. With the rise of Prime Minister elect Tshering Tobgay, Bhutanese democracy has now paved a way for any ordinary man to rise beyond ordinary level.

Tashi Delek to PDP and thank you DPT. Remember that 2018 is not far.

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