Answering questions

In “Questioning questions” Di asked, “Did Kuensel report correctly that you were in the end supporting the PM in that the ministers need not attend QT?”

If that was what Kuensel reported, they are wrong. I did not say that ministers need not attend the National Council’s Question Time. What I did say, however, was that I appreciated our government’s efforts to accommodate the NC, as we, in the National Assembly, were told by the PM.

What I also said was that, as far as the opposition sees it, the issue is between the Cabinet and the National Council. And that, as such, we will not say that the ministers must attend the NC’s Question Time, or that they don’t have to attend.

But, I appealed to the government to discuss the matter with the National Council, so that the current standoff is resolved.

 

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  1. Thanks la, lyonpo. Well that is what i understood from the article. And wondered how come after pointing out so many times that various ministers had not attended, you had changed your mind. But, well, i guess i heard wrong.

  2. Opps. Leader, don’t try to play safe. Let us compare your own words and see. Here you say, “What I also said was that, as far as the opposition sees it, the issue is between the Cabinet and the National Council. And that, as such, we will not say that the ministers must attend the NC’s Question Time, or that they don’t have to attend.”

    Few weeks or perhaps a month ago you said, “And two, a cabinet minister refused to report to the National Council for ‘Question Time’. The National Council had directed the home minister to report to them today, in person, to answer questions. The questions had been sent to him in advance. Lyonpo Minjur, however, did not report to the Council and submitted his answers in writing. The refusal of a cabinet minister to report to the Council undermines the mandate of the National Council and the democratic process.”

    You even went so far to say that July 3, 2009 will be remembered as “Black Friday”. Then you were championing that ministers MUST attend the question time because it “undermines the mandate of the National Council and the democratic process.” Now you say you’re neutral? I am sure that tomorrow you will say you’re against it. You are a “dynamic” guy – a person who have no strong conviction. You seem to be swinging along with the tide of public opinion. Please stop it.

  3. I am always of the view that it was not necessary for the ministers to appear in person for Q$A session at the NC.

    I also feel what Sonam has written above is somewhat true. I am sorry Honourable OL. But I understand you are a POLITICIAN.

    Best of luck.

  4. My statement in the National Assembly was not intended to clarify my position, which, by the way, is public knowledge. Instead of stating my position, I encouraged the Cabinet to continue discussing the matter with the National Council and to reach a mutual agreement.

    I did not favour discussing the matter in the National Assembly. After all, the issue is between the Cabinet and the National Council, not the National Assembly. So I reported to the NA that discussing this issue in the NC’s absence would not be correct. And I proposed that the NA should not formulate a resolution on the matter.

    So, my intention was to call for dialogue between the Cabinet and NC; to prevent the rift between the two houses from growing any bigger; and to discourage the NA from passing a resolution stating that ministers don’t have to attend NC’s question time.

    And, what is my position? It has not changed: Ministers must attend the NC’s question time.

  5. Why you think cabinet ministers should attend NC q time? In the USA, for example, there is a system of senate hearing but it is conducted if there is outstanding issue of larger national importance. And the senators asking questions is drawn from both the houses. If NC has issues of national security and soverngnity then it is important for concerned Minister to clarify these issues in person; but issues from constituencies can best be addressed during joint sitting of NC and NA; or solely by NA.

    Cheers

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