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Sombeykha has one more Tshering Tobgay in the mix

While BKP fields as well a young lady for Phuentsholing 

After an unsuccessful attempt at the civil service examination, the business administration graduate from Gedu college left for his village in Haa.

He had planned on starting a new life there.  But things changed when he received a phone call while he was attending to his cattle in the pasture.

He was asked to contest from Sombaykha for Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party.  He grabbed the opportunity.

Sharing the same name, the 27-year-old is up against opposition leader Tshering Tobgay from the People’s Democratic party.  Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has 25-year-old Dorjee Wangmo from that constituency.  Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa are yet to name theirs.

BKP’s Tshering Tobgay said, while opposition leader was a “capable man and popular too”, his intention was not so much to compete with him.

“I’m an ordinary man, coming from an ordinary background, so I offer comfortable means to help people in the community,” he said.

Coming into politics, young and deprived of work experience, he said what mattered was the opportunity.

“As far as there is an opportunity, I’m confident I can serve with my strong will, while I can grow in terms of experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, along with Tshering Tobgay, the party is joined by another young candidate from Phuentsholing constituency.

While she graduated with a degree in electronics and communication engineering from India, without a relevant slot to offer from the government, despite securing fourth in her category during the civil service examination last year, politics became her fate.

Yeshey Peldroen, 26, will represent the constituency that has DPT’s Chencho Dorji, DCT’s Hem K Ghalley and DNT’s JB Rai.

In joining politics, she instantly received encouragement from her father, who was fond of the subject.

“I never thought of politics but, after BKP approached my father, I took it up,” she said. “Besides I was looking for a platform to excel, and BKP offered me that opportunity.”

Although she is working on “grooming” herself for the future, she said, if elected, she was also thinking of trying hard to pull resources for development in her constituency.

“Except for Phuenstholing thromde, all other six gewogs in my constituency are rural places in need of developments,” she said.

By Samten Yeshi

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