Dasho Neten Zangmo to lead BKP

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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.

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