BKP de­nies its pres­i­dent res­ig­na­tion

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The Bhutan KuenNyam Party (BKP) on 6 Novem­ber de­nied that its Pres­i­dent has ten­dered her res­ig­na­tion. Dasho Neten Zangmo res­ig­na­tion let­ter, says she is tak­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity.

The res­ig­na­tion came one day after the party failed to make it to the gen­eral elec­tion on 14 Septem­ber, how­ever, the party de­nied her res­ig­na­tion and re­quested to re­con­sider her res­ig­na­tion.

The party founder and vice pres­i­dent, Sonam Tob­gay, said the party did not ten­der her res­ig­na­tion. He said Dasho Neten Zangmo is a huge as­sert for the party.

In his state­ment, vice pres­i­dent com­ments made in a tele­vised in­ter­view, he stated re­peat­edly that the party is re­quest­ing Dasho Neten Zangmo to stay with BKP, say­ing it was dif­fi­cult for his party to find a per­son like her.

Sonam Tob­gay said the pres­i­dent re­mains a prin­ci­pled mem­ber of BKP and the party has high re­spect for her. “Dasho Neten Zangmo can­not sin­gu­larly take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for party’s dis­mal re­sults,” he said, adding that it has to be a col­lec­tive out­come of the party.

In a tele­vised in­ter­view, he also said, the BKP wants to salute the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion she has made and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity of cer­tain out­come which is rare in a leader.

To ful­fill peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions, Sonam Tob­gay said that his party would work to­wards com­ing as a strong con­tender in the 2023 elec­tion to form the govern­ment.

In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Dasho Neten Zangmo wrote that the re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity as the party pres­i­dent for the poll de­ba­cle had in­flu­enced her de­ci­sion to step down. She wrote, “Be­ing fully con­scious of my sa­cred duty and ad­her­ing to the BKP’s prin­ci­ple of party tak­ing prece­dence over in­di­vid­u­als, I of­fer to step down from the post of the party pres­i­dent.”

Hav­ing led the party for a stronger na­tion through vi­brant democ­racy in the run-up to the 2018 pri­mary elec­tions, she wrote, it in­stilled a new po­lit­i­cal con­scious­ness in the peo­ple and set the stan­dard for po­lit­i­cal in­tegrity.

Dasho Neten Zangmo also stated that dis­trust, fear and di­vi­sive­ness char­ac­ter­ized the young democ­racy that is bank­rupt of po­lit­i­cal moral­ity. “BKP em­barked upon the chal­leng­ing mis­sion of re­defin­ing pol­i­tics and politi­cians based on its view of in­cor­rupt­ibil­ity, be­yond five years and self and in­de­pen­dence,” she wrote.

She wrote BKP has to draw im­por­tant lessons from the elec­tion, build its forte and emerge as a strong con­tender in 2023 elec­tions. “It has to win! What and where we are is be­cause of our coun­try,” Dasho Neten Zangmo wrote. “We owe it to her and have to un­con­di­tion­ally ful­fill our nat­u­ral re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Pay­ing trib­ute to those whom she had worked with over the elec­tions pe­riod, she stated that her team worked tire­lessly and self­lessly with­out wa­ver­ing from its mis­sion de­spite the mil­i­tat­ing en­vi­ron­ment. She wrote, “I shall al­ways re­main com­mit­ted to BKP’s sa­cred mis­sion.”

Dasho fur­ther wrote her will­ing­ness to with­draw from can­di­da­ture, if the party de­sires to ex­plore for an­other can­di­date with strong base sup­port from De­wathang_Gom­dar con­stituency. She said, “Please, note that the of­fer is nei­ther rhetoric nor a per­func­tory for­mal­ity that I am try­ing to ful­fill.”

A po­lit­i­cal party must re­ceive at least 10 per­cent of the to­tal votes cast in the pri­mary round. How­ever, the con­test­ing party, BKP se­cured only 28,473 of the to­tal votes and had a vote share of 9.78 per­cent.

Dasho Neten Zangmo wrote that it was un­for­tu­nate to fetch dis­mal votes. “Its per­for­mance was con­sis­tently very poor in all the 47 con­stituen­cies, with­out even a sin­gle vic­tory,” She stated.

She said that she joined the party be­cause of her con­vic­tion in its lead­er­ship, its fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples and its po­ten­tial to ful­fill His Majesty’s as­pi­ra­tion for a stronger na­tion through vi­brant democ­racy and do not the least of all my deep con­cern for the coun­try.

The let­ter was sent a day after the pri­mary round but the party shared her res­ig­na­tion let­ter on its Face­book page only on 5 Novem­ber.

Dasho Neten Zangmo was made the pres­i­dent of BKP in early 2017 from its cur­rent vice pres­i­dent Sonam Tob­gay. She is a for­mer Chair­per­son of the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and a re­cip­i­ent of red scarf and Druk Thuk­sey medal from His Majesty The King.

For­mer chair­per­son of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, Dasho Neten Zangmo joined Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) in May last year at De­wathang, Sam­drupjongkhar.

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