Former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate, Passang Thrinlee, from Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue Phodrang will contest for the upcoming National Council election. The candidate had resigned from DPT a while ago.
Passang Thrinlee holds a Masters Degree in Military Science and Strategy. Passang Thrinlee said his deciding to contest for the NC election is purely out of personal interest, which was motivated even more with his experience in the National Assembly from 2008 – 2013 as a National Assembly MP.
“I also want to experience the difference between National Assembly and the mandates of the National council. And I want to devote my time to the people and work to fulfill the aspirations of the people. Even age wise, it will be my last tenure to serve the people if I get elected,” said Passang Thrinlee.
Passang Thrinlee worked in the Army for more than 26 years and resigned in the 2008 to contest for the first parliamentary election. He also worked as a Commandant in the Royal Bhutan Police. Earlier in 1985 he also looked after Ashi Pema Choden Wangchuck’s business where he was not only trained but also explored the construction sector.
Like most of the other aspiring candidates, Passang Thrinlee said that he is contesting for the NC with a vision to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum and to fulfill the visions of our dynamic leadership and contribute to the Gross National Happiness of the nation.
“I suppose in a democratic system like ours, it is the responsibility of the people to choose capable leaders and charter the destiny of the nation. Although I feel that both the elected parties have served well for the last ten years, there is room for improvement. His Majesty has always stressed that the nucleus should be the youth and their true potential should be tapped at the highest level,” he said.
Passang Thrinlee said that he’ll give priority to tapping into the potential of the youth in his dzongkhag and nation as a whole. He feels that although Bhutan has achieved so much in the past years, there is much to be done. “Poverty is another issue that I am concerned about. For example, Ada-rukha Gewog in Wangdue Dzongkhag has road connectivity, but it is not in a very good condition. So I want to get to the base of the problems and solve poverty in the country,” he said.
He also said that although National council does not have monetary power, but as a house of review, he said he will be rendering his support by keeping check and balance and holding consultations with the people first should he be elected.
Passang Thrinlee has not started with his familiarization tour as scrutinization of his educational certification is going on with the education department.
Passang Thrinlee said that his family and friends have been very supportive and encouraging with his decision to contest in the National Council. “My family feels it is right time for me to contest in the NC election with my background in the administrative and legislative knowledge,” he said.