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BKP confirms five candidates so far

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) confirmed three more candidates on Thursday taking the count to five including the president and the vice-president.

The vice-president of BKP, Sonam Tobgay, said that BKP is one party that is very serious. “We take the next elections very seriously and we are in the process of confirming all 47 candidates very soon,” he said.

He added that BKP is a party that emphasizes the importance of the means while achieving a successful end. “We will not win by hook or crook.”

BKP confirmed retired Colonel and a medical doctor, Dr. Leki Wangdi as the candidate from Chhoekhor-Tang constituency in Bumthang. The 62-year old doctor holds a MBBS degree from the Armed Forces of Medical College in Pune, India and has served the Royal Bhutan Army and Royal Body Guard for 35 years.

“After studying the political parties for the last two years, I chose BKP because the party has a clean, good environment, and an obligation to not hurt the feelings of people,” said Dr. Leki Wangdi, adding that he will be able to serve his two constituencies better under the leadership of Dasho Neten Zangmo.

He also said that BKP will build the nation in a strong way and that the party wants to hand over a safe and sound democracy to the younger generations.

Contesting from Bongo-Chapcha constituency, Chukha, is Thinley Dorji, 48, who decided to join BKP as he got good feedback about the party from people. Having been with the party since 2012, the businessman said that people have faith in Dasho Neten Zangmo’s leadership.

“BKP has a mix of good candidates from different sectors,” he said. Thinley Dorji holds a Bachelors in political science from Delhi University.

The third candidate BKP revealed was Nim Dorji, 58, from Lamgong-Wangchang constituency in Paro.  Holding a Bachelors in agriculture economics from Washington State University, he served 19 years in the civil service.

He said that after working as a farmer for over six years, he understands the problems and the situation of the rural people. He also added that he joined BKP because the party is serious about serving the nation.

“BKP can bring about a lot of changes for the people and the country,” he said.

The vice-president thanked the new candidates for choosing BKP and having faith in the party. “We are gaining strength day by day, slowly but surely we will surprise the nation in our humble way,” he said.

The vice-president also said that the party will be introducing eight to 10 new candidates on November 15.

Lucky Wangmo from Thimphu