| Kuenzang Namgyal, Thimphu
As the next general election dates draw closer, political parties are on race against each other to get hold of the best candidates who can possibly turn the tide in their favour. One such candidate is Karma Thinley of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT).
The party last week launched him as their candidate from Khaling-Lumang constituency in Trashigang, and his arrival in the fray gave a major boost to the party and its supporters.
A graduate from Sherubtse College, Karma Thinley began his career as a teacher and he even served as the principal of Ugyen Dorji Higher Secondary School in Haa. He then moved to the Ministry of Education and served in various capacities; the Education monitoring officer, Sr. Program officer, Dy. Chief of Quality Assurance & Accreditation Division. Prior to joining politics, he worked as the Director of the Royal Institute of Hospitality & Tourism.
He is the sixth new face that the party has launched as their candidates in the span of last three months. Phub Tshering from Lamgong-Wangcha, Nim Gyeltshen from Athang-Thoedtso, Chimi Jamtsho from Neysho-Sephu, Kewal Kumar Adhikari from Sergithang-Tsirangtoed, and Tshering Dorji from Gangzur-Menji are the five other new candidates in DPT’s camp.
The party officials said that they will announce a few more candidates very soon. “We have now completed fielding 60 percent of our candidates. In fact, we are ready with all the candidates but since many are still in civil service and elsewhere, we cannot reveal their names at the moment,” said a top party official.
He said that his party is going strong every day.
At the other flank, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) revealed three candidates at its party convention last Sunday. Sonam Jatso, the party’s secretary general, will contest from Gangzur-Minjey constituency in Lhuentse, a former civil servant, Tandin Dorji, will contest from South Thimphu while Dr Tobgay, also a former civil servant, will represent the party from Drametse-Ngatshang constituency in Monggar.
Bhutan Kuen-nyam Party (BKP) also announced six new candidates last week. According to the press release from the party office, Karma Jimba, a former employee of the United Nations will contest from Gangzur-Minjey constituency in Lhuntse, while Karma Loday, a businessman, will represent the party from North Thimphu. Pirthimin Pradhan, also a former civil servant, will vie from the Ugyentse-Yoseltse, Pushpalal Chhetri from Lhamoi Dzingkha-Tashiding constituency in Dagana.
The two other BKP candidates are Rinchen Chogyal from Pangbang and Tshering Nidup from Bardo- Trong constituency in Zhemgang.
Meanwhile, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa are yet to reveal their list of candidates.