A score of main play­ers to exit DPT

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

Many erst­while and present can­di­dates as­so­ci­ated with the Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) will not be the main faces rep­re­sent­ing the party in the up­com­ing elec­tions in 2018.

The rea­sons for their exit are var­ied; from join­ing other po­lit­i­cal par­ties, pur­su­ing other ca­reer choices, call­ing pol­i­tics a quit to age fac­tor lim­it­ing their chances in pol­i­tics.

The first can­di­date to quit DPT is the for­mer in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter and DPT’s can­di­date from Shom­pangkha con­stituency in Sarpang in 2013 elec­tions,

Nan­dalal Rai, who will join the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) for the up­com­ing elec­tions in 2018.

Talking to Business Bhutan, Nan­dalal Rai said he re­signed from DPT and joined PDP as he had com­pelling per­sonal rea­sons to re­sign from the party. “With the age fac­tor I still have the age to serve my king and peo­ple and thought why not be po­lit­i­cally ac­tive. I will give my ser­vice till the end,” he said.

Sim­i­larly, He­mant Gu­rung, who con­tested from Lhamoidz­ingkhaTashid­ing con­stituency in Da­gana in 2013 elec­tions, has joined the Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT). DPT has an­nounced Prem Ku­mar Khati­wara as their next can­di­date in place of He­mant Gu­rung.

An erst­while DPT can­di­date who has de­cided to in­stead con­test for the Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions this time is Pas­sang Thrin­lee from AthangThedt­sho con­stituency in Wang­duepho­drang.

The can­di­date, who came back from Aus­tralia, said it was a golden op­por­tu­nity for be­ing able to serve his peo­ple and con­stituency back in 2008, but un­for­tu­nately he could not win in the 2013 elec­tions. “It was peo­ple’s choice back then for me to join DPT and to­day also they want me par­tic­i­pate but in the Na­tional Coun­cil,” he said. “I want to feel the dif­fer­ence be­tween NC and MP and at the end of the day serve the peo­ple.” DPT has, there­fore, an­nounced Nim Gyelt­shen as its next can­di­date from AthangThet­sho con­stituency in Wang­duepho­drang.

Mean­while, four other can­di­dates who would not be able to con­test in the 2018 elec­tions for rea­son be­ing past their age el­i­gi­ble for pol­i­tics com­prise MP Yeshey Zimba from South Thim­phu, MP Khandu Wangchuk from Lam­gong-Wangchang con­stituency in Paro, MP Zan­g­ley Dukpa from Khar-Yu­rung con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel, and MP Karma Rang­dol from Gangzur-Min­jey con­stituency in Lhuentse.

An­other can­di­date who is not mak­ing a come­back in the 2018 elec­tions from DPT is Gyem Dorji from Ny­isho-Se­phu con­stituency in Wang­duepho­drang, who has been re­placed by Chimi Jamt­sho, a se­nior per­son­nel of­fi­cer at PHPA II.

Gyem Dorji said he does not have any spe­cific rea­sons for re­sign­ing from the party. “I just want to fo­cus on my act­ing ca­reer and pur­sue my dream,” he said. Be­sides, he added that his pas­sion for act­ing in films over­shad­owed his ca­reer and he has also de­cided to end his ca­reer in pol­i­tics.

Other can­di­dates who will not con­test from DPT in the up­com­ing elec­tions in­clude MP Dechen Zangmo from NanongShu­mar con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel (Re­placed by 33-year-old Lungten Nam­gyal), Kin­ley Dorji from Khamaed– Lu­nana con­stituency in Gasa (Re­placed by 26-year-old Dhendup), Re­becca Gu­rung from Samtse con­stituency in Samtse (Re­placed by KD Cham­ling), Lhatu from Wam­rong – Khal­ing con­stituency in Trashigang (Re­placed by Karma Thin­ley), Ke­sang Wangdi from Kham­dang – Ram­jar con­stituency in Trashiyangtse (Re­placed by Kinga Lo­day), and Udya Chan­dra Bhandari from Ser­githang-Tsir­ang Toed con­stituency in Tsir­ang.

Sim­i­larly, can­di­dates who have been re­placed and whose re­place­ments are yet to be an­nounced in­clude Sonam Jamt­sho from Druk­jey­gang-Tseza con­stituency in Da­gana, Dago Tsh­er­ingla from Som­baykha con­stituency in Haa, and Tsh­er­ing Ten­zin from Menbi – Tsenkhar con­stituency in Lhuentse.

DPT is also yet to look for re­place­ment for its can­di­date from Thrimsh­ing con­stituency in Trashigang, Choeki Wangmo, Dorji Khandu from Kha­toed – Laya con­stituency in Gasa, and both the can­di­dates from Ch­hukha - Ugay Tsh­er­ing from Bongo-Chapchha con­stituency and Chen­cho Dorji from Phuentshogling con­stituency.

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