In a symbolic gesture of DNT’s commitment and pledge to the people of Bhutan, DNT President Dorji Choden gave the manifesto to an old woman, a farmer, a businessman, and a young boy.
She talked about safeguarding the national security, sovereignty, and independence of the country on geo-political position as a small landlocked nation, and to further strengthen the friendship with India.
“From the foot of Lord Buddha, we would like to take our first step in this new time to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to the people of Bhutan,” she said. “Today on this auspicious day and time, we would like to start our campaign from here.”
In her address she recalled the significance of the Battle of Changlimithang in 1885, described as Bhutan’s last civil war, during which the first hereditary King of Bhutan Ugyen Wangchuck consolidated his authority as the undisputed leader, and established the foundation for monarchy, which brought unprecedented peace, prosperity and happiness to the country.
“Everyone knows of Changlimithang’s rich history. Our ancestors collectively gathered here and began laying the foundations for a peaceful path. My prayer is that in all 20 districts, 205 gewogs and 47 constituencies, our DNT campaign should go successfully, without any obstacles or mishaps.”
Sharing her concerns on the upcoming primary rounds for the National Assembly (NA) elections she said, “We are at a crossroads today, and I hope that the people will seriously think and use their sacred votes wisely, so that their votes do not go to the powerful, corrupt or the rich. Instead, let us vote for a true people’s government, a government you can trust, a government you will not be afraid of. This is a government, I pray and hope, will be elected.”