The party which was till now known as Social Democratic Party has now taken birth with a new name, “Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa,” a people- centered party that values every individual’s voice and choice in pursuit of the country’s development and progress.
The party unveiled its logo and ideology on 5th May which was considered to be an auspicious day for the party to begin its journey.
Khamsing Meto (Peach blossom) is the party logo – a plant identified with social democratic principles. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa which unlike the existing parties chose a plant to represent it, will emphasize the ideology of social democracy stressing on justice, freedom and solidarity but yet it does not want to be slated as a socialist party.
Khamshing Meto for the party signifies the onset of fresh hope, a new life and a new beginning. Its freshness and fragrance signifies a clean image, strong morality and sincerity of their commitment in serving the people. The flower is also one of elements of the eight auspicious offerings.
All flowers in common signify wisdom, rejuvenation and sincerity. And in particular Kamshing Meto blooms before the leaves grow, signifying fortuity and the fruits embody continuity, longevity and prosperity.
According to the party press release, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has been established in response to the need to uphold a vibrant multi-party democracy and to deepen the process of democracy in Bhutan by offering choice to political ideologies and fostering comprehensive democratic governance.
The spokesperson of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Dr Tandi Dorji, in his previous interview with The Bhutanese, had said that Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a development philosophy with Bhutanese values which has been misinterpreted by the ruling government as an ideology.
Consequently, “Development with the Values” is the development in guide accomplishing GNH for this party.
Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has given several reasons for its formation, one of it being that the party will maintain the country’s interest before that of the party and its members. Most of all, the members wanted to give an alternative to the people of the country and contribute to strengthening Bhutan’s democratic system.
“We will register with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) as soon as we have the party president, may be around September to October,” said the spokesperson of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa.