Khamdang-Ramjar bye-elections on the cards

SANGAY RABTEN | Thimphu

The bye-election vote for the Khamdang-Ramjar constituency in Trashiyangtse is getting bigger, and bloated, by the day.

The bye-election candidate of Khamdang-Ramjar constituency, Trashi Yangtse, Jigme Tashi, from the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party says that people should vote for the party that delivers the preferences of people.

He is of the view that leaders require not only the ability to take bold actions but the willingness of citizens to allow them to win without having to make wild and unrealistic promises. “People should reflect on the development brought by the DPT during its ruling reign.” 

For the bye-elections, Jigme Tashi or DPT do not have exclusive pledges but want to prioritize the party pledges before the end of the government term. 

If given the chance, he said that as a member of the Opposition party would urge the government to pursue existing plans. This includes reminding the government to work for the smooth functioning of the Kholongchhu project, which will generate employment opportunities. 

The candidate is aware of the drinking water woes of the people and will work to solve them. He wants to encourage farmers for commercial farming and mechanize sales for farm products. 

There are needs for road maintenance, base code, proper drainage, and electric fencing. His other pledges include supporting eco-tourism and cooperating with newly elected Local Governance leaders in carrying out developmental activities where budgets are already allocated. 

“I cannot make new promises in the middle of the Five-Year Plan. People should expect as it’s their rights but should expect doable ones,” Jigme Tashi said. 

He said that the public should be aware that most of the pledges of the ruling party are unfulfilled or either not started only. “Some pledges are deprioritized as there is a budget constraint,” he added. 

In order to fulfill the vision of His Majesty, Bhutan to graduate from Least Developed Country to Developed Country, Jigme Tashi said that he wants to contribute to achieving this goal by participating in politics. 

Besides being inspired by the DPT’s ideology “Progress with Equity and Justice” in pursuit of a harmonious and happy society, his aim is to serve people in making them self-reliant. 

He clarifies to the voters that there is no difference between being the ruling or the opposition party. He said that members from any party have equal power to represent the people as Bills are passed together in the Parliament. 

“People should be conscious of the need for checks and balances and the Opposition should be stronger in a democracy,” the DPT candidate said.   

Jigme Tashi, 34, from Khamdang has a Bachelor’s Degree in Bhutanese and Himalayan Studies from the College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) at Taktse in Trongsa. Prior to joining politics, he served as an assistant lecturer in CLCS.  

The seat for Member of Parliament (MP) became vacant after MP Kuenga Loday resigned last year.