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Bhutan goes to polls today

Landlocked Bhutan goes to pollstomorrow in its second parliamentary elections as a controversy rages after India’s withdrawal of subsidy on kerosene and cooking gas that has become a big campaign issue.

world Updated: Jul 13, 2013 00:44 IST

Landlocked Bhutan goes to pollstomorrow in its second parliamentary elections as a controversy rages after India’s withdrawal of subsidy on kerosene and cooking gas that has become a big campaign issue.

The polls to th e 47-member National Assembly or lower house will be contested by ruling Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the major opposition.

Bhutan has a tri-cameral parliament of the King, National Council and the National Assembly. There are 25 seats in the National Council or the Upper House. Five of them are appointed by the King and 20 elected from 20 districts.