Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) opened its first regional office in Phuentsholing yesterday, indicating the important political position the city holds as a gateway and commercial hub to the country.

Secretary general Tenzin Lekphell said that as a new party, DNT did not have much time in the last elections.

“We spent time on registration and looking for candidates,” he said, adding that DNT has already experienced a round of elections and stands in a better position today.

Tenzin Lekphell said that this time the party could work more systematically as there is time and resources. “DNT feels it is a major centre where trade and commerce happens,” he said, adding that people from all 20 dzongkhags live in Phuentsholing.

Tenzin Lekphell said there are many issues people living in the border area face. “DNT must consult them and understand their difficulties,” he said.

DNT, meanwhile, wants to know more about the people in the lower income bracket. The party is planning to take notes of problems such as housing, safety, and town development.

DNT is also planning to open an office in the east, most probably Trashigang.

Meanwhile, about 30 percent of DNT candidates including 80 supporters attended the opening. Party manager Phurba said DNT has already confirmed about 90 percent of the candidates.

“They will be introduced accordingly as per the Election Commission of Bhutan rules,” he said.

DNT is currently in the process of building their manifesto for the 2018 elections.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing