The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) declared the party’s final candidate, Thakur Singh Powdyel from Samtse’s Dophuchen-Tading constituency on August 18 in Thimphu.

Two other candidates – Zhemgang’s Bardo-Trong candidate Gembo Tshering and Tshewang Rinzin from Sombaykha of Haa – were also offered khaddar by the party president. They were introduced earlier at the general assembly last month.

One of the best-known faces in DPT, Thakur Singh Powdyel, 59, was the president of Royal Thimphu College before returning to DPT after five years. He was the education minister in the first democratically elected government. 

Thakur Singh Powdyel said, “Before the sun sets on my life, there are still some vital priorities that I can bet my remaining breath on. Supreme among them is my beloved country. Whatever upholds and advances the vital interests of my dear country will find my support.”

“The foundational ideals of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa are deeply rooted in its commitment to the serving and securing the most sacred elements that constitute the person and vital life of our nation. I have upheld and helped advance these vital elements all my life. I will remain committed to these vital elements till life holds,” he said.

He has a Master of Arts degree in English from North Hills University, Shillong, India and a postgraduate certificate in education from Institute of Education, University of London in the UK.

He started his career as a teacher, lecturer and the vice principal of Sherubtse College. He worked as Director at the Centre for Education Research. He was also visiting professor to Graduates School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University in Japan.

Bardo-Trong’s candidate Gyembo Tshering, 52, worked as a researcher, trainer, educator, and livelihood specialist for 23 years. He was director of Karma Group. He has Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from India and Master degree in Horticulture from University of Reading in the UK

Gembo Tshering said that he wants to take the livelihood of people of Kheng-Rig-Namsun in Zhemgang to a higher level.

Sonbaykha’s candidate Tshewang Rinzin worked in the private sector before joining DPT as treasurer. The 41-year-old graduated from Sherubtse College with Commerce degree.

Speaking at the programme, party president Pema Gyamtsho said that diverse working experience of candidates, dynamism and advance knowledge had greatly strengthened the party’s resolve to serve Tsawa-Sum.

Pema Gyamtsho said that the party was ready for the election. He said that the party had candidates from diverse education and professional backgrounds. The party, he said, had both elderly and young candidates reflecting the demographic composition of the country.

A press release from the party stated that the former education minister’s entry has not only made the party stronger but also added extra impetus in us in its preparation for the 2018 elections.

He said that the former education minister had joined the party because of his sheer interest to serve the country. The party president told the party members that the country should win whether the party wins or loses.

MB Subba


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