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Former councilors explain reasons for joining PDP

The party’s ideology and the dynamic group of the people in the party, its performance in the past years, a way to come back to main politics and association with the party have been outlined as main reasons by the three former National Council representatives for joining the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

However, all three former councilors maintained that they have been offered party tickets by PDP.

Talking to Business Bhutan, former councilor Sangay Khandu, who is replacing PDP’s serving MP Ritu Raj Chettri from Trashichhoeling constituency in Samtse, said joining PDP was a way to come back to the National Assembly and serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum.

“I don’t have any other reason as of now. I am a political player in politics and was a political person even before democracy but I joined NC for just one time and I was determined not to contest again, but have come back to politics only,” he said, adding that he had no choice back then but to join NC, but today having been offered a political seat by PDP, he feels comfortable coming back and hopes he could function effectively.

“The party’s ideology and the dynamic group of people is the reason why I choose PDP,” Sangay Khandu said.

Meanwhile, Sangay Khandu began his political career as a gup in 1996 and then went on to serve as a chimi. He has a bachelors’ degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Rangsit University in Thailand.

Former councilor Sonam Dorji, who will be representing PDP from Drukjeygang-Tseza constituency in Dagana, said he joined PDP based on the suggestions and feedbacks he got from my friends, voters and family.

‘The party has served well and benefited the people. Because of this, my preference towards the party. I was given opportunity by the party and when I have the energy I should carry out the responsibility,” he added.

Sonam Dorji has a bachelors’ degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College, North Point in Darjeeling, India. He worked with Bank of Bhutan before joining politics in 2008 and will be replacing serving MP Karma Dorji from PDP.

Kaka Tshering, who was the PDP candidate in the 2008 parliamentary elections and later elected in 2013 as a National Council representative from Paro, said, “I was offered seat from a well-established party and also people from my constituency wanted me to contest in NA. Besides, I believe that I might be able to bring in the issue of development activities more in the National Assembly.”

Moreover, he said he had been associated with the party since 2008. Kaka Tshering will be contesting as PDP candidate from Lamgong-Wangchang constituency in Paro in the 2013 elections.

Kaka Tshering has a masters’ degree in education from the University of New England, Australia. He served as a teacher and principal prior to joining politics.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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