DPT be­gins cam­paign from Paro

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Tsh­er­ing from Paro

Inau­gu­rat­ing the Dzongkhag party of­fice in Paro, Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) of­fi­cially be­gan its elec­tion cam­paign for the pri­mary round of the Na­tional As­sem­bly elections from Paro on Thurs­day morn­ing.

DPT Pres­i­dent Pema Gyamt­sho met with the peo­ple of Lam­gongWangcha con­stituency in Paro.

He told the con­gre­ga­tion of around 400 peo­ple that DPT will work to­wards achiev­ing self­suf­fi­ciency and self-reliance by 2025 and also im­prove tourism in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture sec­tor for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple.

“If the party gets elected, we will work to com­plete the power projects and de­crease un­em­ploy­ment,” he added.

Pema Gyamt­sho urged the peo­ple to re­frain from in­dulging in cor­rupt prac­tices, ei­ther big or small or in any kind, for the wel­fare of the coun­try in the long term.

He also said that there was a need to change Paro town into a model for the out­side world given that most tourists en­ter Bhutan via Paro.

The DPT pres­i­dent was also ac­com­pa­nied by the for­mer can­di­date of Lam­gong-Wangcha con­stituency, Khandu Wangchuk, who said peo­ple choos­ing the right can­di­date and vot­ing for the can­di­date can make a dif­fer­ence.

“As elec­tion cam­paign­ing started, par­ties mak­ing false prom­ises are easy. When we were in rul­ing, we ini­ti­ated con­struct­ing three hy­dropower projects and by the time I re­signed as the eco­nomic af­fairs min­is­ter in 2013, we were all set to sign MoU for the de­vel­op­ment of six more hy­dropower projects. To­day, af­ter five years, we do not see a sin­gle hy­dropower project com­ing up,” he added.

DPT’s Lam­gongWangcha can­di­date for the 2018 elections, Phub Tsh­er­ing said they were find­ing out is­sues for the last six months that peo­ple in the con­stituency con­fronted like drink­ing wa­ter and ir­ri­ga­tion is­sue which need to be addressed.

“There is also a need to up­grade the hos­pi­tal for the wel­fare of the peo­ple liv­ing in the Dzongkhag and im­prove road con­di­tions,” he added.

Later in the af­ter­noon, the DPT pres­i­dent met with the peo­ple of Dogar– Shaba con­stituency in Paro at the Naja gewog cen­tre and high­lighted on the im­por­tance of elections, cast­ing votes and the achieve­ments of DPT from 2008 to 2018 as the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion.

DPT’s Dogar–Shaba can­di­date, Chen­cho Dorji said ev­ery vote is im­por­tant and that choos­ing the right can­di­date who can ben­e­fit the peo­ple de­pends on the vot­ers.

“I know and have seen ev­ery nook of the con­stituency where prob­lems need to be addressed,” he added.

Mean­while, the cam­paign pe­riod will close at 9 am on Septem­ber 13. Pema Gyamt­sho will at­tend two rounds of tele­vised pres­i­den­tial de­bates on Au­gust 26 and Septem­ber 2.

The first pres­i­den­tial de­bate will be held on the par­ties’ ide­olo­gies and the sec­ond one on their man­i­festos.

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