Stating that it is ready to sue the government, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Finance Minister Namgay Dorji to resign over what the party calls violation of the Constitution.
DNT said that in the greater interest of the nation and for the future of the young democracy, the government must refrain from setting a wrong precedence by playing with the Constitution.
“The Constitution is the mother of all laws, a sacred gift from the throne and we stand firm in our defense of the Constitution, and if necessary, we are prepared to take the government to court,” said the party in a press release issued on June 16.
DNT President Dr Tandi Dorji said that his party will closely watch things unfold and that the party would sue the government if the party is not satisfied with the government’s corrective measures.
“If necessary, we will take the government to court to ensure that the Constitutional is followed,” he said. “We are 100 percent sure that the government has knowingly violated the Constitution. It’s a serious matter.”
He added that the government imposed the fiscal incentives without the Parliament’s endorsement. When the fiscal incentives granted to the private sector by the former government expired in December 2015, the current government gave continuity to the same from January 1, 2016 without the Parliament’s approval.
Should private businesses refund the tax waivers they received?
“It’s not the private sector’s fault. It’s the government’s fault,” said Dr Tandi Dorji.
The private sector may need to refund to the state’s exchequer if the past precedence is to be followed. Following a landmark Supreme Court verdict of 2011, the government had to refund the excess taxes that were collected as a result of an increase in vehicle taxes that were imposed without Parliament’s approval.
Finance Minister Namgay Dorji said that he takes DNT’s views positively and that such debates were good for democracy.
“But the government has its own stand and policies and we need to move forward,” he said.