We are gearing up for another election next year with many new political parties having had emerged to oust the ruling party, the Druk Phuensum Tshopa (DPT), albeit a task next to impossible for the time being.
But there is apprehension that the political odyssey of the DPT in the next election will not be any smoother than it was before 2008. The reasons are apparent. The ruling party has invited scathing criticisms during its four-year tenure, thus also making it unpopular among certain quarters of the people.
Firstly, the tobacco control act was not as welcoming as the government intended when it was endorsed about two years back. It was dubbed dictatorial and didn’t go well if the numerous criticisms on social networking sites were any indication.
Secondly, the government was once again in the spotlight when the cabinet ministers including the Prime Minister and the National Assembly Speaker were allegedly accused of land grabbing in Gyelpozhing.
Thirdly, the government’s indisposition to incessant imploring from the private sector to do away with the Pedestrians Day has also made it unpopular, with private sector representatives even going to the extent of proclaiming to stage a silent protest against this day.
And similarly, the government is once again on target for its belittling response to improve the economic scenario in the country. A deluge of criticisms are pouring in, claiming that the government is indifferent to the financial sufferings of the banks, private sector and people.
Despite these setbacks, the DPT is still the most well-liked party to win the next election. This is because many of the new political parties that have emerged with zeal and enthusiasm to contest the 2013 elections have almost withered away with a whimper.
There is unanimous sensing that DPT will anyhow win the next election. This, some political observers say, is not because of the DPT having had become stronger in the last few years, but would be because of the weaknesses of the new political parties.
And if one doesn’t want to vote for the DPT, they say there are no other alternatives. If one doesn’t vote for the DPT, then vote for whom? Some new political parties are far from being legitimate or credible even now. And they simply don’t have propositions or plans to take the country forward for the better.
A political party shouldn’t be formed just for the sake of forming one. Merger of some new political parties could be a solution to the dearth of party president and candidates now. This will only help benefit the new merged party in the next election, the flourishing of democracy, and the people’s faith in this institution. Maybe then we can expect some strong tussle too. For now, it’s just the DPT.