Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) on June 2 nominated its former general secretary, Ugyen Dorji, as its candidate from Dewathang Gomdar constituency of Samdrupjongkhar.

Ugyen Dorji

Ugyen Dorji

Ugyen Dorji, 43, from Yarphu village in Wangphu gewog resigned recently reasoning that it would be difficult for one person to carry out the dual responsibility of a candidate and general secretary.

He is the only general secretary to have resigned to contest the upcoming National Assembly election. He had taken over as the party’s secretary general in 2013.

“I had to resign from the post since I would be busy as a candidate and we need a fulltime general secretary to handle party works,” he said.

Ugyen Dorji will contest against Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party president Dasho Neten Zangmo, People’s Democratic Party’s Wangdi Gyeltshen and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s Thinley Namgay.

A former member of parliament, Ugyen Dorji, has a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, Monash Unviersity, Melbourne, Australia and a BA (Hons) in Geography and Planning from Sherubtse College.

The candidate also worked as assistant director in the policy and planning division at the labour ministry.

Ugyen Namgyal

Ugyen Namgyal

Along with Ugyen Dorji, DPT also declared a 30-year-old entrepreneur, Ugyen Namgyal, as its candidate from Drakteng-Langthel constituency of Trongsa.

A media release from the party secretariat stated that the candidate from Langthel gewog brings in youthful vigour and vitality into the party.

He graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from BFIT HNB Garhwal University,Dehradun, India, in 2016. He co-founded Norgyen Druk Creation- a private embroidery production firm.

“His shrewd business acumen will surely add to the merits of DPT in serving the TsaWa-Sum. He is also highly diligent, honest and hardworking,” the press release stated.

Ugyen Namgyal said he joined DPT because of its experience as both the ruling party and the opposition.

“Even if some of the seniors resign, they would be guiding the party. DPT is also a party with a long term vision,” he said, adding that the party has a mix of both young and seasoned candidates from humble family backgrounds.

Meanwhile, the party recruited a former director of Olakha-based Institute for Management Studies Olakha, Sangay Phurba, as the new secretary general from June 1.

According to the party, in a career spanning some 26 years, he worked mostly in the tourism sector and brings along experience in organisational administration and management.

The 50-year-old was the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa candidate from Talo-Kabji constituency in Punakha in 2013. However, he joined DPT after his former party replaced him with Tshencho Wangdi for the upcoming election.

It is learnt that he had resigned from his post to contest the election.

MB Subba


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