Pre-poll period in a nutshell

With the general polls just three days away (July 13), the competition between the two big parties Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and People’s Democratic Party seems to be on neck-to-neck. While the campaigning period has seen a serious amount of mudslinging between the two players, DPT has been extolling on its achievements  during the past five years. Meanwhile, PDP has been pointing out what was “not achieved” and also repeating its promises of being a better government and rectifying the mistakes of the previous government. At this crucial period came the withdrawal of subsidies on LPG and kerosene from the Government of India thus giving rise to speculation that Bhutan’s so called “Big Brother” was gravely displeased with DPT because the incumbent Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley had met with the former Chinese Premier Wen Bia in Rio last year. This gave rise to a debate about deteriorating Indo-Bhutan relations. But DPT refuted the accusation saying that this was just a “coincidence”. Also a statement that came in focus was that of an interim government advisor Dasho Karma Ura who said that India had reduced its power import tariff but another member of the interim government Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, also the Managing Director of Druk Green Power Corporation, refuted the same. The Chief Advisor, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye has said it is “inappropriate” for him to make any comments until July 11 evening when the “black-out” phase begins.

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