Among the four new People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates disclosed yesterday 44 year old Jigme Drukpa who went up against PM Jigmi Y. Thinley is one of them, once again up for the 2013 race from Nanong-Shumar constituency against his titanic rival.
Jigme Drukpa for Nanong-Shumar, Pemagatshel
He has an MPhil from University of Bergen, Norway, Bachelors degree in Arts from Sherubtse College and was the vice principal of the Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) for 10 years. He also worked with Bhutan Times as a consultant and with Royal Education Council (REC) as a music consultant.
He is actively involved promoting the musical heritage of the country and in 2010 he started the Aa-yang Music School which boasts of having the biggest documentation on Bhutanese music.
“I participated in the 2008 as a PDP candidate with a conviction to serve my people in my constituency in particular and the country at large,” Jigme Drukpa said. He said that though PDP lost in 2008 his conviction remains the same. “I am still convinced that I can deliver and I believe I can offer my people a genuine alternative,”
Rinzin Dorje for Shompangkha, Sarpang
Dasho Rinzin Dorji has a Masters in public policy with specialization in decentralization and democratization from the Institute of Social Studies, Hague, in the Netherlands. He did his BA from Sherubtse College.
In his career span he served as an Assistant Planning Officer in Mongar in 1989 and served as Planning Officer in Samtse, Zhemgang, in the home ministry and in the Planning Commission and as the district administrative officer in Trashigang. He also served as the Dungtsab in Panbang and Zhemgang, in 1993.
He was the Chief Planning Officer at the GNH Commission before he was posted as the Samtse Dzongda. He resigned to join PDP after serving as the Haa Dzongda.
Rinzin Dorje said. “My only regret has been not able to directly serve my people in my hometown of Sarpang.”
Pema Drukpa for Khamed-Lunana Constituency, Gasa
The 31 year old Pema has a B.sc Bio-Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in Darjeeling worked as a Chemist at the Army Welfare Project in Gelephu for a year and worked as a metallurgist at Eastern Bhutan Ferro Silicon Pvt Ltd in Samdrup Jongkhar. He later served as a section head at Dungsam Cement Corporation Ltd for
about a year before he resigns to join politics.“For a very long time, Gasa was the only district not connected by motor roads and life was difficult. Not having roads deprived people of many simple pleasures in life,” Pema Drukpa said.
Rinzin Dorji for Phuentsholing, Chhukha
Forty year old Rinzin Dorji was the first university graduate gup in the country and during his tenure as a gup he was always in touch with the people in the village. He worked in the construction sector.
“I had the opportunity to understand the problems of my
people,” he said adding that he saw the subtleties of the people’s hopes and aspirations and understood their problems.