Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that Ugyen Dorji and Norbu Wangzom both from Samdrup Jongkhar who won in their constituencies in the first parliamentary elections would represent the party this time around, too.
Ugyen Dorji will represent the Deothang-Gomdar constituency while Norbu Wangzom will contest from Jomotshangkha-Martshala, both in Samdrupjongkhar.
Talking to Business Bhutan, Ugyen Dorji said that as a founding member, he shoulders the natural and inherent obligation to demonstrate the highest of moral and ethical values that binds him to the party.
“I sincerely believe that our ideology of ‘Equity and Justice’ is the best among the existing party ideologies and principles because it is truly holistic and encompasses all socio-economic, cultural and political values that bind society and which humanity aspires to achieve.”
He added that the paradigm compass guides the party’s efforts and endeavors towards the pursuit of Gross National Happiness. “We have some of the most competent leaders with governing experiences and demonstrated abilities to govern the country with efficiency and effectiveness. DPT’s performance track record as a government from 2008 till 2013 is still lauded by the people.”
He also mentioned that politics is not just about winning but it is more about providing choices to the electorate and that is why there are a number of political parties and candidates coming forward to contest the elections. “Politics is s serious business with serious objective to serve the people and the country. It is not a perfunctory affair to be casually given up when things don’t work out your way,” he said.
Ugyen Dorji holds a Masters in Industrial & Employee Relations from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and has five years experience as MP. He was also DPT’s Secretary General for five years. He worked with the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources for seven years (MoLHR). When he resigned in 2007 for politics, he was working as the Asst. Director of Policy & Planning Division and also had worked in various capacities as HR officer and Labor Relations Officer.
Ugyen Dorji won the 2008 elections with 5,610 votes against Mingbo Dukpa from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who secured 2,205 votes but he lost to the same opponent Mingbo Dukpa in the 2013 elections when he secured 3,594 votes while Mingbo Dukpa received 3,970 votes.
Menawhile, Norbu Wangzom said that after the 2013 elections where she lost she was completely engaged with her family and was away from politics. But she is confident about the upcoming elections because of her experience and also knows whether the support base is strong or weak. “Since I represented my constituency back in 2008 and also in 2013, I feel it is my responsibility to represent my constituency from DPT party this time as well.”
She was offered a party seat by other political parties but she chose to be with DPT.”It is about principles and my loyalty remains with my party, DPT” she added.
Norbu Wangzom has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Sherubtse College and worked as a temporary teacher before joining politics.
Norbu Wangzom won the 2008 election with 4,008 while her opponent Pelzang Wangchuk (PDP) secured 1,999 votes. However, in the 2013 elections, Norbu Wangzom received 2,458 votes and lost to Pelzang Wangchuk who secured 3,171 votes.
Meanwhile DPT will announce their candidate for Drakteng-Langthel constituency in Trongsa in due time.
Chencho Dema from Thimphu