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.