A man with an interesting track record from being a freelance tourist guide and a broker for a ginger business to an accounts assistant in a company, Ramesh Chhetri Bhandari, 32, is one among 13 National Council (NC) aspirant candidates from Tsirang.
Ramesh Chettri from Mendrelgang in Tsirang wants to contest the council elections because he believes that a proper check and balance on the system in country should be maintained.
“This is the result of observing the functioning of the two democratically elected governments for the last 10 years,” he said adding that in case he gets elected it would also provide a platform to serve his community.
Ramesh Chhetri holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Madras University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
He said his approach for the elections would be as an approachable and honest representative of the people who can address issues and think not only locally but also globally.
“But I would respect the voters’ decision.”
If elected he plans to create a unique system of consultation with the entire public in the decision-making process.
“Right now, I see many problems are arising while actually implementing the law and repeated reviews and recommendations are required,” he said, “The area I would emphasize differently would be involvement of public prior to decision-making rather than speculating outcomes.”
Ramesh has a large family circle and in his own words he comes from a “simple” background. The biggest odd against him could be his inexperience and the fact that he did not grow up in his locality.
Asked about competition, he said it is a sign of a growing democracy to have multiple choices and voters must have options.
Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu