BKP denies its president resignation
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.