He is a former DNT candidate
A freelance consultant on environment issues, Kamal Dan Chamling, officially joined the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), last week to contest in the upcoming National Assembly election from Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency, Samtse.
The 59-year-old from Ngyoenpaling B village (Publi B) in Phuentshopelri gewog holds a masters degree in forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in India.
Kamal Dan Chamling resigned as the district forest officer in 1998 from the Forest Resources Development Division in Thimphu. The candidate is based in Thimphu.
He is a former candidate of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa for the constituency and said that it was his personal decision to switch to DPT.
The candidate said that he was inspired to join the party by its ideology and long-term vision for the country. He has started his familiarisation tour to his constituency although he said he is known to many people there.
The familiarisation tour, he said, would also help him gauge the people’s support for the party. “DPT is an established party with a strong support base and a strong leadership,” he said.
The constituency is currently represented by information and communications minister DN Dhungyel of the People’s Democratic Party.
Kamal Dan Chamling is one of about half a dozen candidates DPT has announced for 2018 elections. DPT has 14 MPs in the National Assembly and says it would not announce candidates for those constituencies that are represented by serving MPs.
The party said that most of its previous candidates and serving MPs are re-contesting. The party claims that it is “very comfortable” in terms of candidates.
DPT says it has been able to demystify the rumours that the party would not contest. With the announcement of candidates, they say that the party is gathering momentum for the upcoming elections.
Kamal Dan Chamling said he is one of the pioneers who prepared scientific forest management plans in the country.
He was also involved in designing and carrying out the first inventory for the Sangay Shamu project in Genekha, Thimphu in 2007.