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Sangay Khandu refutes rumors about joining political party 

Following the loss of the former National Council member from Gasa, Sangay Khandu, who represented the people of Gasa for two terms in the Upper House, talks doing the round is that he is likely to join Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) as their candidate in the upcoming elections this year.

However, calling it a baseless rumor, Sangay Khandu said the words were created from a fake account and does not contain any truth.

Talking to Business Bhutan, Sangay Khandu said, “I recently returned from the gewog demngoi zomdu where I participated to offer wider option of candidates to the people of Khatoe Gewog for National Council elections 2018. Although I did not receive enough support for another re-nomination, I am happy to have participated. I will be completing my current tenure in May after 10 years of public service in parliament. I realize I was very engrossed with work and never really thought or planned on an option if I were not in office.”

He added, “Now that I am not contesting, I will have time to reflect and contemplate on it. My priority at the moment is to complete my tenure successfully.”

Further, he also mentioned that he hadn’t had enough time to think about what he could be doing next. “Either way, as an incumbent, starting any venture or joining political parties is not an option at the moment; it is prohibited. Since I have already participated in one election for the 3rd Parliament, I think it is enough,” he said.

Responding to rumors about him in the social media, he said,” Personally I think it is a flattery to be remembered or even considered worthy of spending time to be the subject of rumors. However, I worry such false news could damage the image and confidence of a very respected and important national institution like the Council that took a lot of time and hard work by many people to built over the last 10 years.”

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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