Breaking: Former chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commisison, Dasho Neten Zangmo joined Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) today at Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar.

Dasho will contest from Deothang-Gomdar constituency.

BKP in a press release stated, “united by common beliefs and values, Dasho Neten Zangmo joins Bhutan Kuenyam Party by declaring her intent to contest for national elections in 2018 from Dewathang-Gomdhar constituency.”

Inspired by His Majesty’s emphasis on democracy as an important national objective, the press release stated that Dasho Neten has taken on herself to champion broad-based and regionally balanced economic development and growth, reinforcing social development through equal opportunities to avoid exclusion and overcome socially divisive disparities while respecting diversity as part of the enabling environment for socioeconomic development.

“With democracy as a pressing concern, Dasho Neten Zangmo makes Bhutan Kuenyam Party her choice united by common reason to further the cause of each and every Bhutanese citizen and offer to serve the Bhutanese people as their elected representative without fear or favor, and in the long-term interest of the country, culture, dharma, economy, institutions and the people.”

Dasho Neten Zangmo said she has worked in the villages after her retirement from public service and realised that if one wants to make a difference, one has to be somewhere.

“But more importantly, the reason why I have joined politics is to change people’s mindset. Right now, politicians are looked as thugs, as somebody who cannot be trusted,” she said. “ I think that has to change.”

The other reason she stated was the need to build trust among the people on politicians so that there is space for them to voice their feelings without fear.