As the Opposition Party in the Parliament, we have been guided by the vision of our Monarchs and the provisions of our sacred Constitution. We have served as an exemplary opposition party and have allowed the government of the day to function without undue disruption. We have been steadfast in our commitment to be a responsible and constructive opposition.
To this end, we have been supportive of all government actions and policies that carried the scope and prospect to bring larger benefits to our country and the people. We have provided our support in passing the annual budgets and other legislative instruments introduced in the National Assembly. However, where we felt that the government was introducing policies and programmes that do not benefit our people, we have expressed our concerns and views on them. Some of our noteworthy opposition were on the following issues:
- Corporatization of JDWNRH: We opposed the government’s plan to corporatize our country’s biggest and busiest hospital. Our action has ensured that health services for our people remains free at all times as enshrined in the Constitution.
- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement: We expressed deep concern on the ratification of this Agreement in the best interest of our people and nation.
- Establishment of REDCL (erstwhile BOIC): We repeatedly expressed concern and opposed the establishment of these institutions and recommended that the responsibility be entrusted to existing financial institutions.
- Central Schools: While we supported the concept of establishing Central Schools, we had made a number of recommendations to improve their functioning and sustainability.
In addition to the above, we have also raised serious concerns on the government’s ‘populist measures like the purchase of helicopters, supply of power tillers, Boleros, reduction and exemption of taxes and fees, farms shops etc. that promotes peoples’ dependency on the government which in turn increases our country’s dependence on external aid. These populist measures of the government will pose serious challenges and difficulties in achieving our country’s cherished goals of self-reliance and strengthening of national sovereignty and security.
In gist, our performance track record of having achieved 98% of our campaign pledges as the country’s first democratically elected government is unparalleled and has set a high benchmark for all political parties. As the Opposition Party, we have been exemplary in our performance. We have shouldered the responsibility with full dedication and loyalty and have set good precedence for future opposition parties.
Therefore, if given the mandate to govern the country again, we solemnly pledge to establish a government that is caring and responsive while subjecting ourselves to transparency, accountability and public scrutiny. To this end, we will always keep an ear for even the loneliest and feeblest cry for help. We will articulate through policies, the shared hopes and aspirations of the people and devise means for their realization, keeping both the short-term needs and long-term interests of the nation and the people.
In view of the aforementioned vision, performance and commitment to serve the Tsa Wa Sum with unwavering loyalty and tha damtsi, it is our humble hope and prayer that the people of Bhutan will find reasons for placing your trust in Druk Phuensum Tshogpa.