DPT declares candidate from Gasa.
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) declared its latest candidate, Dhendup, a 26-year-old graduate from Thanza village, Lunana gewog under Gasa dzongkhag on December 28. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and EVS from the Royal Thimphu College. A recipient of His Majesty's tozey, Dhendup is grateful to His Majesty the King for the opportunity and for who he is today. When the country first stepped into the era of democracy in 2008, Dhendup thought he would join politics one day but was not sure which party he should join. Now, he has joined DPT to fulfill His Majesty's vision of a strong democracy and to serve his community. He joined DPT because he believes in the party's ideology and principles and also because he feels that the party has a good track record. Of 153 campaign pledges, the former government, he said, has fulfilled 151. Even today, Dhendup feels that as the Opposition, DPT has been fulfilling its role very well. 'When the party needs to stand against the government on some issues, the party has done it well; for instance, when the government was in favor of corporatization of Thimphu hospital, the party opposed the government's decision in the parliament,' he said adding however that at other times when necessary, the party has supported the government especially with regard to developmental issues. Another reason that inspired him to join the party is the leadership quality the party members have displayed so far. He is inspired by the former Prime Minister, Jigmi Y Thinley, South Thimphu Member of Parliament (MP) Yeshi Zimba and all who have been serving since the Fourth King's time. Dhendup also feels that the party is competent, producing a total of 60 MPs: 45 candidates back in 2008 and 15 candidates in 2013. So far, DPT has announced eight new candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections.