Dasho Neten Zangmo is new BKP President
Three days after joining Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) officially, Dasho Neten Zangmo was declared the new party President in a press conference held on May 29.
Visibly emotional, Dasho Neten Zangmo thanked the former President Sonam Tobgay for his dedication to the party.
“BKP has reached thus far singlehandedly through Sonam Tobgay’s courage,” said Dasho Neten Zangmo, adding that nobody would willingly give up their position like he had. ‘I salute your courage.’
She also said that despite all the challenges BKP faced in the 2013 elections, Sonam Tobgay dealt with the situation in a very dignified manner. “BKP for me is all about dignity and self esteem,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sonam Tobgay said that he met many prospective candidates over the years but they were not cut out for politics.
“Despite all the challenges, I have given my best in terms of trying to keep the party alive but the country deserves more,” he said adding that the party could not ask for a better person than Dasho Neten Zangmo. “Dasho Neten Zangmo will lift the standards of democracy in the country.”
During the press conference, Dasho Neten Zangmo said that she joined politics because she shares the same values and principles as BKP. “My principles are more important to me than my life,” she said.
According to Dasho, becoming the President or getting a ministerial post is not as important to her as as her contribution to the country.
Dasho Neten Zangmo said that though it has been just two days since she joined the party, she feels energized already. “I have so much energy and that energy comes from the sheer thought of what one can do. The energy makes me want to do it now and do it right on the first day itself.”
Dasho said she joined politics to give a different dimension and face to it. She added that it is easy to build roads and bridges and give lectures, but it is not easy to change the mindset of people.
“It is going to be tough,” she admitted.
Dasho Neten Zangmo will be contesting from Dewathang-Gomdar constituency in Samdrup Jongkhar.