For Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) candidate Dorji Youden and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) candidate Karma Lhamo, Pongchola airport and Dorji Lung hydropower have become the major trump card in the ongoing bye-election campaign in Mongar.
Karma Lhamo said that the bye-election is about people of Mongar Demkhong coming together as one to elect a representative that can overcome delayed development challenges faced until now from Pongchola Airport to Dorji Lung hydroelectric project.
She said the delayed projects will be accelerated if she is elected. She also tried to convince the voters that if Pongchola airport and Dorji Lung hydropower projects are realized, it will help boost trade and tourism via alternative entry/exit through Nganglam that will benefit not just Mongar Demkhong but whole of Mongar Dzongkhag and beyond.
Karma Lhamo said: “Mongar Demkhong as one should not be divided along politics or party lines in this bye-election. Our golden chance is now and therefore, urgency to come together as one Mongar Demkhong for Mongar.”
Meanwhile, Dorji Youden said voters of Mongar constituency should not be lured away by unrealistic pledges. She said: “Pongchola airport and Dorj Lung Hydropwer projects are plans of DPT government few years back and it’s already in the plan. It is not our manifesto.”
She added that the dreams of these projects are impossible in remaining two years should DNT win. “Free WiFi will never come and black topping roads in the chiwogs are impossible,” the DPT candidate said. She also said when DNT had ministerial post from the constituency no development was brought and now how present candidate can bring changes.
Dorji Youden said that she doesn’t have any new or extra pledges for this bye-election rather emphasis on works which are already in the 12th Five Year Plan to implement and complete on time.
“People should understand that the budgets are already allocated and there won’t be many ministers from the ruling party,” she said.