A small dzongkhag can also assume importance – Gasa dzongkhag

With 1,835 eligible voters Gasa may not seem like an important dzongkhag (district) but the   most recent unfortunate incident involving disqualification of the Bhutan Kuen-Ngam Party (BKP) from contesting the National Assembly 2013 elections must be looked beyond as merely a stumbling block.

I must also mention here that my respect for BKP as a political party has grown when the party leadership in his reaction called all supporters to remain calm and instead shared intent to work towards strengthening the party. It will be remembered as a great example.

However, as I was saying it must be looked at beyond that. In my own rough analysis, this development has brought Gasa dzongkhag to the center of Bhutanese politics. With so little voters, why did it make it to the center one may wonder. It comes to me without surprise because our Constitution requires each and every district to have a minimum of two and a maximum of seven National Assembly constituencies. It is a deliberate provision so that minority interest is always under consideration too. That is why a small constituency which otherwise would have been insignificant today has taken center stage.

This is one instance which has allowed a political party to show how one can gracefully deal with disappointment even after a great deal of effort has been put into something so important. It has also shown our Constitutional intent to protect minority interest in a democracy which often gets away with majority power.



About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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3 Responses to A small dzongkhag can also assume importance – Gasa dzongkhag

  1. KingaC says:

    Dasho, My congratulations and best wishes for your second term. It must really be a moment of pride esp. given the unpredictable voting trend where several old NC candidates weren’t re-elected.

    I second your opinion about minority interest protection and BKP’s loss as a result of failing to catch a candidate from there. But I have a thought that perhaps our political parties need to work a bit harder than they already are.

    Also, you need to do something about your blog page la…At first glance, your layout gave me a start 😛

    • Dear Kinga,

      Thank you for writing and for your good wishes. From one fellow blogger to another, would appreciate more specific suggestions on the page..will try improving then.

      Have a good day!

  2. Yeshey Dorji says:

    (Something wrong …. I cant seem to be able to comment properly …. I posted the following comments three times … but it kept disappearing)


    I was happy to see that you did not get elected as the Chair of the NC. The quality of debate on the floor of the House would have suffered greatly, had you been relegated to the role of a moderator. Same thing can be said of Dasho Sonam Kinga – he could have contributed so much more as a Member, rather than as the Chair of the House.

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