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dashosDasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga, Deputy chairperson, NC and Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi, Eminent member, NC

Despite speculation, it’s definitely not politics for the two NC red scarf recipients

National Day Honours: The two parliamentarians, who were conferred red scarf during the National Day celebration earlier this week, the first of its kind, have no plans to join politics.

Many are interpreting the award as an advancement for the two National Council members to take up a leadership role, especially now when upcoming political parties are sensing a dearth of it.

Some said, going by the timing, when the first set of Parliament was about to wind up, and with the honours bestowed to those related to democratic institutions, they could be prospective leaders.

But council’s eminent member, Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi, and its deputy chairperson, Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga, do not seem to think so.

“I won’t be going into politics,” Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga said. “I’ve always been decided that, for 2013, I won’t be joining any political party, let alone lead one.”

He said that was because of reasons, such as his own lack of confidence in his ability to form or lead a political party, and also other considerations he had.

“My thinking was more focused on the possibility of re-contesting for National Council,” he said, adding the award further inspired him to commit to public service and service through the Parliament system.

“But that too is a decision I can’t make alone because, to field a council candidate is decided by the chiwog and gewog through nomination process, and not by the possible candidate,” he said.

On the other hand, the representative from Galing, Trashigang, said the issue of whether council members could re-contest is also being sorted out, which would perhaps see finalisation soon.

For now, he said, he had the mandate to ensure both as member and deputy chair that the council as an apolitical institution must be upheld.

“I won’t be taking any decisions that will compromise its apolitical nature,” he said.

While the red scarf meant placing of greater trust and responsibility on his shoulder, for eminent member Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi, it was definitely not through politics.

“I feel one must conduct oneself in the field that one can deliver,” he said, adding he didn’t think it was a must to join politics to serve people.

He said he was not suited for politics because of his reserved nature, an introvert, who didn’t have much “touch” with people in village.

“I just feel it’s not my strength,” the man from Ramjar, Trashiyangtse, said, adding he could contribute as much even if he went back to civil service.

Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi said good leadership was something required, not only in politics, but many other sectors.

While he would wait for guidance from His Majesty once he completed his term at the council, he said the expectation has always been that they would be back somewhere in civil service.

By Kesang Dema

2 Comments to “Now what?”
  1. Bangchung | December 22nd, 2012 at 20:18:08

    Dr. Sonam Kinga, I wish you to become a leading researcher of Bhutan, not a politician.

  2. XXX | December 22nd, 2012 at 13:38:10

    What a wise and clerver decision;

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