The primary election is over but not for the two winning parties – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The two parties are busy again, politicking and preparing for the general election scheduled next month.
They are aware that they have still much work to be done and that they can still make a difference in the relatively short time they have. And as expected, the two parties are back to drawing board, working day in and out, calling closed-door meetings, gathering candidates in the capital, scrutinizing poll results and how candidates fared, drawing plans and strategizing for the main election.
But neither has it been much of a relaxing time for Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) either. Lately, its candidates are also busy, not so much about how to go about in the general election but deciding whether the party should consider the offer that some of the DNT candidates received for joining the winning parties.
However, DNT has presently left it up to the individual candidates to make the decision of joining the winning parties or not. But should they or shouldn’t they? All this has lately provoked heated debates.
Some in the political spectrum have expressed skepticism over DNT candidates swapping parties a week after the primary election. Their expressions stem from the rationale that a candidate that has identified with a particular party, supported and believed in its ideologies and causes, shouldn’t join the winning parties, just because their party was knocked out of the race.
Similarly, there is also all the brouhaha, questioning candidates’ morality, ethics and principles. It showed (if candidates join another party), according to a few, perhaps nothing more than how starved politicians could be for power. There are also a few unfounded proclamations that such swapping undermines the very fundamentals of our democracy.
Yet there is a segment of people who is in favor of DNT candidates hopping to the winning parties, and their reasons are even more genuine and palatable. While coalition can be detrimental, what is happening here is merely a drift of few candidates rather than the amalgamation of two parties, which even the Constitution doesn’t forbid so.
Many say if it wasn’t mainly for winning votes and creating division, such moves should be encouraged.
What harm is there if the candidates are doing so keeping in mind Bhutan and its future interest in mind? What harm is there if better candidates are there in these two winning parties as it will only strengthen these two parties that are going to form the ruling and opposition parties?
However, what we should be cautious about is that the game of politics shouldn’t wreak havoc for Bhutan and its future.