Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said the Election Commission (EC) should have disqualified the party in opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), from contesting the general election of 2013 for failing to clear the outstanding government loans within the set deadline of June 30, 2012.
Both the parties were given the deadline of June 30 to clear the existing dues, and another deadline of July 16 to present their status reports to the Commission.
The Chief Commissioner, however, said it was too early to take such a decision since the Commission has not fully studied the reports.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tshering Tobgay accused PM Thinley of expressing such an opinion.
“It is not the Prime Minister’s concern on whether our party should be allowed to contest for 2013 election or not,” media reports from inside quoted Tobgay as saying.