NC rep­re­sen­ta­tives quash tales of join­ing other po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Many, how­ever, rea­soned that they want to of­fer op­por­tu­nity to other can­di­dates

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Ru­mors are rife that the six Na­tional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives who did not re­con­test in the NC elec­tions on April 20 would be roped in by other po­lit­i­cal par­ties or may join other po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions later this year.

The six NC rep­re­sen­ta­tives who did not con­test com­prise Ly­onpo Sonam Kinga of Trashigang, San­gay Khandu of Samtse, Jigme Rinzin of Pema­gat­shel, Sonam Dorji of Da­gana, Kaka Tsh­er­ing of Paro and Rinzin Dorji of Pu­nakha con­stituency.

Talk­ing to Busi­ness Bhutan, many of them have quashed ru­mors about be­ing of­fered party tick­ets or join­ing other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Pu­nakha Rinzin Dorji said he had served his term and that it’s now time for the oth­ers.

“There were a max­i­mum num­ber

of ca­pa­ble can­di­dates and I want to of­fer op­por­tu­nity to them. I want to serve the coun­try turn wise; I served and now it is there turn,” he said, adding that though it’s the end of his ca­reer in the coun­cil, but not for politics.

“I will serve my coun­try and peo­ple in a dif­fer­ent way. I will ven­ture into busi­ness,” he added.

Cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons for not re-con­test­ing, the NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Paro, Kaka Tsh­er­ing said he wanted to of­fer op­por­tu­nity to the other can­di­dates to serve and con­test. “I have not de­cided any­thing as of now and my next move could be re­vealed only af­ter my term ends on May 9th,” he added.

Mean­while, the NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Da­gana, Sonam Dor­ji­said that he is happy that he served his term and the peo­ple also gave him the op­por­tu­nity.

“I have no big rea­sons to not re-con­test and I have not de­cided on any plan yet. But as of now I want to take a break and never know about me com­ing back in fu­ture,” he added.

Af­ter serv­ing in the Na­tional Coun­cil for two terms and even if he has no prob­lem work­ing in the Up­per House, the NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Pema­gat­shel, Jigme Rinzin said he felt that change is nec­es­sary.

“But I must ad­mit that de­cid­ing not to re­con­test was not easy espe­cially when I used to get calls from peo­ple of dif­fer­ent Ge­wogs lit­er­ally plead­ing that I re­con­test. Equally, I felt there would be that many peo­ple who would have wished for a change. For me per­son­ally, I be­lieve in putting a limit to any­thing and there­fore set­ting a prece­dent of not over­do­ing any­thing. Fur­ther, an op­por­tu­nity of serv­ing Tsa-wa-Sum on be­half of Pema­gat­sel cit­i­zens should be made avail­able to other qual­i­fied and ca­pa­ble as­pi­rants from Pema­gat­shel,” he said.

Fur­ther Jigme Rinzin said fu­ture plans are aplenty, but the plans should be ul­ti­mately to serve the ‘King, Coun­try and Peo­ple’.

“Be­ing a Char­tered Ac­coun­tant, I feel that I should go back to my pro­fes­sion and con­trib­ute through my fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise. I gen­uinely feel a need to work in the Bhutanese cor­po­rate world. But at the same time, I have a decade of leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and pol­icy mak­ing that en­com­passes not just the Bhutanese views but also in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tives,” he added.

“50% in me sug­gests that I should come back and con­tinue mak­ing laws for the coun­try and the peo­ple. Not com­ing back to the par­lia­ment would even mean a loss to the state for I have been groomed for ten years in law mak­ing. But ei­ther way, I will start pon­der­ing on all avail­able op­tions only af­ter I for­mally com­plete my sec­ond term and hand over the reign of Pema­gat­shel NC Thuemi to my suc­ces­sor, MP-elect Choin­ing Dorji on 10 May 2018,” he added.

NC Jigme Rinzin said that he is a sat­is­fied go­ing out as an NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive. “I have been to all 56 Chi­wogs of my Dzongkhag for umpteenth time and have car­ried back peo­ple’s con­cerns to the au­gust House of NC. I have ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the in-house de­lib­er­a­tions through com­mit­tee meet­ings. I have chaired sev­eral com­mit­tees. There­fore, I leave my of­fice with pride but of course with heavy heart,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the NC rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Samtse, San­gay Khandu, when he con­tested in the 2013 elec­tions he was de­ter­mined then that if he wins the elec­tion he would only serve for one term and he had also told his vot­ers that he wouldn’t con­test again.

He added that he has not thought of any other plans as of now, though he shared some of his back up plans - which were to go back home or go for fur­ther stud­ies or join po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“But I am yet to de­cide any­thing as of now. I had no plan to con­test the NC elec­tions,” he added.

Sim­i­larly, the chair­per­son of the NC, Ly­onpo Sonam Kinga, said he does not have any other plan and that his only plan is to con­tinue serv­ing the coun­try in what­ever ways he can. “For some per­sonal rea­sons, I de­cided not to re­con­test and I am def­i­nitely not join­ing any po­lit­i­cal party.”

Mean­while, from the 20 NC rep­re­sen­ta­tives rep­re­sent­ing the 20 dis­tricts, 14 of them re-con­tested in the elec­tions this year. Two were elim­i­nated dur­ing the dham­n­goi zomdu process and only five of the in­cum­bent mem­bers were re­elected. The term for the present coun­cil mem­bers will end on May 9.

Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in­au­gu­rated the Nor­bu­l­ing Rigter Col­lege at Paro yes­ter­day. The in­au­gu­ra­tion was at­tended by Sherig Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk, Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan Nidup Dorji and lo­cal lead­ers from Paro.

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