Dasho Neten Zangmo to lead BKP
Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party, last Monday, made the former chairperson of the anticorruption commission, Dasho Neten Zangmo, its party president. The announcement came days after she declared her intention to join the party and change people’s mindset and stereotype associated to politicians.
During the handing-taking ceremony, the former president Sonam Tobgay said that he had been serving as party president for the last many years, and have given his best to keep the party alive despite being unable to contest primaries in the 2013 elections.
He said that the country deserves more and we could ask for no other person than Dasho Neten.
Sonam Tobgay said that “Although we are not the best party, but we believe in ourselves, we have core values, we were almost paralyzed in the 2013 for various reasons. Yet we dwell on resilience and we are here still.”
“We have core values in terms of trying to redefine the politics, trying to move away from convention / traditional politics.”
The new president Dasho Neten Zangmo said that she joined the politic without any conditions. “My principal is more important to me than my life which is very central.”
Dasho said that “I didn’t ask Sonam Tobgay who has been after me for the last seven years that was there anything for me? So these are not at all important.”
“Even if I work as a member, I will be so happy because what is more important for me is that can I do something, can we collectively, individually as Neten and collectively as a country, this is something I would like to see. Beside that I joined BKP because of the values that we share same,” said the President.
Dasho also added that it’s unfortunate that democracy has fragmented us, “So are we going to allow democracy to fragment us further?” She said that she don’t think so. “So BKP will have to look into existing system and see how creatively.”
“Even if there is same system, the delivery will be different, if I am unable to deliver, I will leave. Perhaps there will be more trustworthy and responsible people, who perhaps will not create deviation in the region or within the family,” said the Dasho.
Dasho further said that this has to change, in fact all political parties have to work towards that, all parties are recognized, the BKP is not vent on winning, winning is not their priority, but changing politics, the face of politics is their priority.
“You will do so many things which may not be popular, which may also initiate but I don’t care, what I care is about larger group and that is the attitude we must bear,” said the Dasho.
Today people are concerned about rampant corruption in the system. Many people, on social media think that she will be able to fight corruption, if her party forms the government. But Dasho said that she had been working for the last one and half years in the grassroots level and talked to her colleagues whether her drive was towards her anti-corruption and governance.
“You look at the context; there is skill of means of dealing with, so I would like to urge people to understand me better not just look me as somebody who is going to shoot and not to have high expectation without you doing anything,” said Dasho Neten.
Sonam Tobgay said that Dasho Neten is the least of the least political serving people on the earth, engaging in politics. “I think the country is blessed to have Dasho and deserves respect. We must all join hands as a nation to support Dasho and democracy at large. Not that you should vote for us.”
Meanwhile, BKP is working for closed to seven years. There are a lot of challenges the party came across. It’s not easy for political parties to get good candidates.
Sonam Tobgay said that the party is here to build institutions, but their worries are getting 47 good candidates, not necessary of popular candidates. While, party is ahead of other parties in terms of at least a leader.