The real headline for this announcement should have been “PM IS INNOCENT PROJECT”.
This whole farce is being perpetuated on the Bhutanese people by all institutions of governance, all for the sake of one individual. Jigmi Y Thinlay. Others will be humiliated, be sent to jail, lose their jobs but JYT will emerge as the humble, downtrodden, righteous man victorious against the dark forces of ngolops and anti Bhutanese.
The whole system is involved in this elaborate cover up. Lyonpo Minjur and Tshogpon Jigme Tshultim must understand that while they are important (their positions are) and they would normally be left untouched even for worse offences, here some people’s reputations have to be sacrificed for JYT to look completely innocent. They are expendable.
Normally the expendable group is the underlings, the junior officers. In this case, there is so much scrutiny, it is not enough to penalize them alone (the Mongar court will penalize them. Watch.) Some bigger bones must be thrown to the public and Lyonpo Minjur and Speaker Jigme happen to be at hand.
The public now feel that the ACC did everything possible including suspending two ministers. However, real impact of these events is that people feel JYT and DPT must be innocent since the court has overturned everything. Meanwhile, the people completely forget that the case has never even touched the PM, not from ACC’s side or from the court. The PM remains untouched.
Why would the entire state machinery be put to such elaborate machinations for one person? Just so he can stand for elections and win again?
The fact that so much importance is given to one man, who even with an election victory will be around for only 5 years, leaves much to ponder upon. The foremost question is that there are works in progress for an elite group which must be put into place within these few years. What kind of works?
1. Business projects such as the Education City, hydropower privatization, land laws amendment to allow big business and elite families to overcome land ceiling, dismantling of DHI, installation of key supporters in high positions, creation of big business houses on elite family lines, etc.
2. Diplomatic ties with China. The momentum has swung in this direction and cannot be risked. The general perception is that without JYT and DPT the move towards China will die an immediate death because public opinion is against any drastic policy change that might result in unpredictable economic or political events that might cause difficulties for Bhutanese, as had happened in Nepal in the past.
So if you want to understand why it is so difficult to implicate JYT no matter what mistakes he makes, it is not JYT alone. There are many institutions and people using and being used by him. The question we have to ask ourselves is “What are the short term projects of those close to JYT?” Then we will know why we are being taken for a ride against our will.
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