Bhutan’s PM-In-Waiting Assures Singh Of Special Bilateral Ties

NEW DELHI (TIP):The president of Bhutan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tshering Tobgay, on July 18 wrote to PM Manmohan Singh assuring him of “unwavering resolve and commitment to preserve and strengthen special ties” with India. After his party’s spectacular success in the polls last week, Tobgay is all set to take over as Bhutan’s second PM.

“My party and I attach the greatest important to our relations with India which has been consciously nurtured and strengthened over many decades under the wise and able leadership of our successive kings,” wrote Tobgay. “I would like to further assure Your Excellency of my unwavering resolve and commitment to preserve and strengthen special ties that has always been based on mutual trust, confidence and understanding.

In this regard, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to accept Your Excellency’s most gracious to visit your great country at the earliest opportunity,” added Tobgay. Tobgay’s letter to Singh was in response to the latter’s congratulatory message to the PDP leader on Sunday. Singh had said in his message that he had instructed Indian officials to prepare for discussions over Plan assistance to Bhutan.

This is important for resuming India’s subsidy on the supply of LPG and kerosene to Bhutan. The subsidy had been cut by India during the parliamentary elections leading to suggestions that New Delhi was trying to influence the outcome of the polls. Tobgay said that Singh’s assurances were a great source of comfort for his nation and that India had been instrumental in ensuring the success of democracy and pace of socioeconomic development in Bhutan.

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