The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has clarified its relation with the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT), which was deregistered on February 26.

President of the erstwhile DCT, Lily Wangchuk, had called a press conference on February 28 to announce the deregistration and the future plans.

A press release the DPT issued yesterday stated that the party had made an offer to Lily Wangchuk to stand as its candidate from the North Thimphu constituency, if she was interested.

“While a merger was not found to be feasible, we agreed that Lily Wangchuk and some of her interested members could join us if they deregistered as a political party,” stated the press release.

It added that acceptance of members as candidates from the deregistered party would be subject to DPT’s standard selection criteria and procedures.

“We also agreed that some of the DCT’s social agenda concerning women and youth could be considered if found relevant,” the press release reads.

DPT stated that following the deregistration of DCT on February 26, only Lily Wangchuk had confirmed her interest to join DPT as a candidate.

“No other members have come forward to register, nor have we approached,” it stated.

Staff Reporter