It was an unprecedented privilege for me and other Advisors to be part of the First Interim Government after adoption of the Constitution in 2008. Under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty the King, the Interim Government completed its mandated period of 90 days successfully.
Within the last 90 days of the Interim Government, as stipulated by the Constitution, the elections for the National Council and National Assembly were successfully held. On behalf of the Interim Government and the Nation, it is a pleasure for me to welcome the Ruling Party and the Opposition Party expressing the will and choice of the people of Bhutan.
His Majesty the King will soon command the Party, which has won the majority of seats in the National Assembly, to form the government and confer Dakyen on the leader of the majority party as the Prime Minister of Bhutan. The Interim Government would like to wish the Prime Minister of Bhutan its highest esteem and good wishes in his profound services to the King, Country and the People. The Interim Government would like to offer to both the parties success in providing good governance and promoting national interest and fulfilling the aspiration of the people.
On behalf of the Interim Government, I have communicated with the Honourable External Affairs Minister of India, and the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan. In my letter of 4th July to the Honourable External Affairs Minister of India, I had requested him to reconsider the withdrawal of subsidies while also assuring him that RGoB is sensitive about the concerns India may have. It is my pleasure to say that Honourable External Affairs Minister of India kindly responded to my letter on 12 July 2013 assuring me of the Government of India’s warm and close friendship. He was considerate enough to say that GOI will be looking into reversing the decision on withdrawal of subsidies on LPG and SKO. I am, therefore, very hopeful of a positive outcome. I would like to state that the friendship between India and Bhutan remains as supportive and steadfast as ever, and we can look forward to a successful 11 FYP, with the Government of India as always the biggest supporter of our development endeavours.
Above all, I would like to offer on behalf of the Members of Interim Government, our true faith and allegiance to His Majesty the King for his profound leadership and our prayers for long life of His Majesty the King.