Dasho Neten Zangmo resigns as BKP president

Taking moral responsibility and accountability, Dasho Neten Zangmo has stepped down as the president of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) following the party’s failure to make it to the general election.

She tendered her resignation to the party on September 16, the day after the primary round. However, the party shared her resignation letter on its Facebook page only yesterday.

She had taken the helm of BKP from its current vice president Sonam Tobgay, who was then the party’s president, in May 2017.

In her resignation letter, Dasho Neten Zangmo said that she would remain committed to BKP’s “sacred mission.” She said her party needed to draw important lessons from the 2018 election, build its forte and emerge as a strong contender for the 2023 parliamentary elections.

“It [BKP] has to win,” she stated, adding that the party could not retreat as it had much to offer.

BKP will have to fight the next parliamentary election without campaign funds from the state if it decides to contest. A political party must receive at least 10 percent of the total popular votes cast in the primaries. BKP fell just short of the threshold.

BKP received a total of 28,473 votes or 9.78 percent, which Dasho Neten Zangmo described as dismal.

“Its performance was consistently poor in all 47 constituencies without even a single victory,” she stated. She was the only party president who lost from her own constituency in the primary.

She said that she took the responsibility and accountability singularly as the party’s president for the debacle her party suffered.

She said: “Therefore, being fully conscious of my sacred duty and sincerely adhering to the BKP’s principles of the party taking precedence over individuals, I offer to step down from the post of the party president.” She added that she was willing to withdraw her candidature from Dewathang-Gomdar constituency if her party came up with a candidate with a stronger support base.

Dasho Neten Zangmo stated that she had joined the party because of her conviction in its leadership, fundamental principles and its potential to fulfil His Majesty’s aspiration for a stronger nation through vibrant democracy and her deep concern for the country.

She wrote, “Distrust, fear and divisiveness characterize our young democracy that is bankrupt of political morality. Hence, BKP embarked upon the challenging mission of redefining politics and politicians based on its view of incorruptibility, beyond five years and self independence.”

The BKP team, Dasho Neten Zangmo stated, worked tirelessly and selflessly without wavering from its mission despite the militating environment. She claimed that the BKP was able to instill a new political consciousness in the people and set the standard for political integrity.

Dasho Neten Zangmo was not available for comments.

BKP didn’t respond to Kuensel’s query on whether the party has accepted the resignation.

MB Subba

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