press trust of india
Thimphu, 14 July
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which won a landslide victory in Bhutan’s second national elections, today declared that resolving the issue of India’s withdrawal of subsidy on kerosene and cooking gas and rebuilding bilateral ties is its top priority.
The PDP, which defeated ruling Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) by winning 32 seats out of the 47 in the National Assembly, has unveiled pledges for the first 100 days in office, that include developing a long-term strategy and action plan to deal with shortage of the Indian Rupee, revising the national minimum wage rate and removal of all wasteful expenditure. “We have mentioned in our pledges for 100 days that the PDP governments first priority will be to rebuild and strengthen India-Bhutan relations,” PDP general secretary Sonam Jatsho told PTI. “In the long term interest of strengthening democracy, the PDP government will request the Indian government to finance a significant amount of economic stimulus plan,” Mr Jatsho said. He said India’s withdrawal of kerosene and cooking gas subsidy will be taken up with New Delhi urgently for an amicable settlement as it would hurt the Bhutanese people badly.