The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Gasa might have a tough race in the 2013 elections strictly going by the proportion or percentage of voters reserve in respective constituencies.
Owing to eligible voter masses, PDP Gasa MP Damcho Dorji may have a shaky political career as his part of the constituency has only half the number of voters that 28 year old Dorji Khandu’s constituency has.
Dorji Khandu will contest 2013 elections with a Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) ticket.
Asked if eligible voters might have an effect on his political career, Damcho Dorji said “I am not worried. He will definitely have the upper-hand but in politics, it depends on how you run it and it could be anyone’s game. Fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people in the constituency is of paramount importance and if he does that, it is same whoever wins”. He said it is only to serve the people and the decision is completely in their hands and votes are all entitled to them only’.
Going by numbers, there are 350-400 eligible voters from Goen Khatoed represented by Damcho Dorji and there are 700-800 eligible voters from Laya that Dorji Khandu represents.
“The only reason I have joined politics is that I have been nurtured in the snows of Laya and every single soul is my family and it is obvious that I know the hardships and core problems of my people. The fact that I am also a proud graduate of Laya will help me to encourage my younger folks for education and how they can help in the future,” said Dorji Khandu. He said all his efforts will go to oil the cogs of highlanders and make their living easier.
Dorji Khandu reiterated the lines of Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley that ‘Laya is the jewel of Bhutanese culture’. He said “I want to promote and preserve the rich and beautiful culture and traditions of my community which is also one of the main pillars of Gross National Happiness.”
Similarly he also quoted Barack Obama that “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
He said DPT has five years of experiences and all the development works are in progress and some of them are in process in all the 20 Dzongkhags.
“As a fresh politician, I feel it is more convenient and advantage to work with the experienced politicians,” he said.
He said despite criticism from the Opposition and from some of the Media entities which is normal and acceptable in a democracy, the DPT Government has brought huge developments in all parts of the country during its five years term.
Asked about his odds against MP Damcho Dorji, a former attorney general and an experienced bureaucrat and a senior to a fresh contender like himself in every sense, Dorji Khandu said “I am not at all bothered or concerned about who my Opponent might be, even a minister can be my opponent. But in a Democratic system it is more important to remember who is behind you, who are your supporters/voters, how can you serve them in future and how can you achieve the promises that you have made. In the end the majority wins in a democracy and there is nothing to fear about your opponent”.
Dorji Khandu said as an aspiring candidate the top 3 Priorities for the Country and for his Constituency are to solve the financial problems (Rupee crunch) in the country, to improve health facilities and quality of education, preservation and promotion of culture values and protecting the environment.
For the Constituency his priorities are to construct black-topped roads, to upgrade schools and improve health facilities and to improve the living standards of nomads by providing all the necessary facilities.
A parting shot and a last word from the young DPT face from Gasa is summed up in the following words: “A leader is someone who helps others do and become more than they ever thought possible. Leadership is about unlocking potential, whether individual potential or that of a group, company, or organization. It is not about telling people what to do, but inspiring them to see what they are capable of, then, helping them get there” added to which he said “I have a Big Dream to fulfill other than my own dreams, which is my beloved parent’s dream to be somebody that makes them feel proud of me”.
Dorji Khandu concluded his one-on-one with “I have big expectations to fulfill other than my own expectations, which are my villager’s expectations that I can be the one who will bring changes in the community in the future”.