Bye-Elections: DNT MP-elect says people made the right choice

SANGAY RABTEN | Thimphu

Karma Gyeltshen the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidate for the bye-election in Khamdang-Ramjar constituency emerged the victor against his DPT nemesis, yet again.

The 53-year-old is now the MP-elect of the constituency in Trashi Yangtse dzongkhag which was left vacant after the former MP was implicated in a state-land encroachment case.

Relishing his success in the bye-elections Karma said, “People of Khamdang-Ramjar made the right choice by electing a representative from the ruling party.

He said that the people have understood that the members of the ruling party would be in a better position to serve the people. “People have trusted the ruling party and me.”

The DNT candidate secured 3,152 votes while Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Jigme Tashi secured 2,109 votes tilting the victory in the former’s favor.

Karma Gyeltshen said that though it was difficult to predict the election result, he said he was confident enough after learning the trends of past bye-elections and his advantage of representing a ruling party.

Though he could not admit fully to winning the election, he said voters trusted him and the party. “The public must have thought to reap the advantage of a representative from the ruling party despite limited tenure in the Parliament,” he said. 

The MP-elect said that he will live by the expectation of people and would do his best to fulfill their aspirations. He said, “There are no audacious pledges. All are doable and will be done.” 

Karma Gyeltshen has pledged to construct a mule track between Tsangpochen and Jangphutse, to construct a farm road and blacktop the existing roads. He also pledged to solve the drinking water crisis and renovate farm roads in four gewogs of his constituency. 

Amongst the many pledges, to construct a farm road in Melongkhar will be his priority as the village is not connected with a proper road as campaigned earlier. 

Meanwhile, Karma had also contested during the last parliamentary elections. Prior to joining politics he worked as a general manager in STCB. He also worked as a private consultant for those exporting boulders.

Meanwhile, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate Jigme Tashi said it was an experience in partaking in the bye-elections while also gracefully accepting his defeat. Karma Gyeltshen said he appreciated his participation in the bye-election. 

With the win, the ruling party, DNT, now stakes a claim of 33 out of 47 national assembly seats.