Seven more candidates for BKP

From first in the row: Pema Wangchey, Dhurga Raj Gurung, Krishna Bdr. Tamang, Rinchen Chogyel, Tshering Nidup, Dilli Ram Neopani and Weseyel Lhendup
From first in the row: Pema Wangchey, Dhurga Raj Gurung, Krishna Bdr. Tamang, Rinchen Chogyel, Tshering Nidup, Dilli Ram Neopani and Weseyel Lhendup

The party now has 39 candidates

The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) in a press conference yesterday announced the addition of seven more candidates.

The Party Interim President Sonam Tobgay said “The party’s suffers no illusions that this will be an easy process, it will be a challenge. And that is why we are Kuen-Nyam,” said Sonam Tobgay.

Dhurba Raj Gurung, Weseyel Lhendup, Pema Wangdi, Dr. Diliram Neopani, Phuntsho Namgay, Rinchen Chogyel and Sonam Yangki were the seven new introductions to BKP.

“Coming closer and serving a large number of my fellow Bhutanese has always been my dream and distributing the benefits of the developments is my top priority on the cards,” said Dhurba Raj Gurung, 43.

He served as a teacher for the past 20 years and authored around six books on Bhutanese economy and has a Masters Degree in Economics. He has also been thoroughly involved in drafting the syllabus for secondary and higher level economy books.

Dhurba will contest from the Samtse-Pagli constituency, Samtse.

Weseyel Lhendup, 37 believes in equal opportunity of development and people’s empowerment. He said that the most important thing is land and quoting its price should be in the hands of the people of individual dzongkhags.

He worked for three years in the Ministry of Finance in Department of Revenue and Customs, Phuentsholing branch. For the past one year he worked for the Revenue and Customs Department at Druk Air. He will contest from the Nanglam-Pemagatshel constituency.

“Uplifting rural poverty and private sector development is my greatest priority,” said Weseyel Lhendup. He would also strive to propagate humane development at the grassroots level.”

Rinchen Chogyel, 33 is the Ambassador of the Youth in BKP and will contest from Zhemgang-Panbang Constituency.

Despite qualifying from the Bhutan Civil Service Examination, Rinchen chose to participate in politics. He highlighted ‘sacredness of politics and hallowed roles of the forefathers and elders’ as a big push for him to join the fray.

“When our elderly people get old and resign from their responsibility it is the youth who should take over,” he said. “Youth unemployment is the other reason I have joined politics.”

“As a politician I want to eliminate the youth unemployment issue as much as I can,” said Rinchen Chogyel. Another area he wants to develop is tourism. More specifically, to create enabling factors for tourists to visit Royal Manas National Park as it falls under his constituency.

“In my gewog, till now nobody participated in politics. With peoples’ encouragement I took the step to join politics,” he said.

Dr. Dili Ram Neopani, 49 will contest from Sarpang-Gelephu constituency.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Science and worked till 1998 in the Department of Livestock.

If he happens to win he said he would go with the party manifesto and through proper research and feasibility studies, he would improve the constituency and the Nation as a whole.

“With an experience in various walks of life I take my experience and knowledge as an asset to improve all the elements and have good governance,” he said.

Dr.Dili Ram believes in team work and in the near future, if he wins he would work for the betterment of the Nation.

“Whatever we do, it will be the decision of the party,” he said. In addition to that he said he cannot promise people what he can do and achieve.

Puran Gurung & Thinley Wangmo/ Thimphu

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