Loser hops on to winner

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After losing to DPT and PDP, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) decides to join one of the winning parties although DNT claims to have approached by both parties to join them.

PDP with new members from DNT at Dechenphu
PDP with new members from DNT at Dechenphu

Seven members of higher profile decided to join PDP replacing the horse candidates in various constituencies. The lucky seven to replace the PDP designated candidates are President Dorji Choden in Thrimsing, Vice-President Jigme Zangpo in Mongar, Norbu Wangchuk in Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong, Kinley Dorji in Radhi-Sakteng, Leki Dorji in Bardo-Trong, Tshering in Panbang and Pelzang Wangchuk in Jumotshangkha-Martshala constituencies.

“It is not a decision made impulsively”, said one of the top DNT candidates for PDP.

‘We are for making a vibrant democracy and not looking for the opportunities PDP might give us. So we have decided to make a stronger voice in the parliament and not allow a single party to dominate,’ said Norbu Wangchuk.

DNT has arguably joined the PDP after it came into friction with DPT which says it is against the horse-trading of candidates. However, DNT claims that former ministers Nandalal Rai and Thakur Singh Powdyel had approached DNT candidates for their support. DNT president Dorji Choden reacts, “DPT high command is telling lie to the country and people”.

Many critics are wondering about the losing party candidates joining the winning party which actually make no sense to opt for a separate party if they want to hop from one to another in every election.