Dasho Neten Zangmo is new BKP Pres­i­dent

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Lucky Wangmo from Thim­phu

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.

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