First up, a very BIG CONGRATULATION to Miss Lily Wangchuk for stepping forward and having become the party president of newly formed Druk Chirwang Tsogpa. I congratulate her for having a heart, as big as the lion and courage as valiant as the Tiger. I wish her many success in her political career. For that matter I also wish Mr. X, Mr. Y and Mr. Z, the same amount of success like Miss Lily. Thank you Lyonchhen Jigme Y.Thinley and Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay for paving our way to democracy. You guys have made our democracy truly memorable.
Our first democratic election in 2008 was a memorable one and surely we do not need any reminder for that. Believe it or not, when DPT won the house with an overwhelming majority, there were people who even equated the president of the party, to a person of destiny! (Lungten Chenge Lyonchhen) Grapevine in the town has it that even a dog and a donkey with DPT tag would have won the race by a comfortable margin that day. Like it or not, there weren't many people who knew the actual difference between mushroom, person and GNH, but the majority of them voted for GNH based "equity with justice"!
Similarly, our first democratic election was also memorable for the way the other party lost. PDP's "service with humility" did not fancy Bhutanese voters that day. For all the supporters of the PDP, the results were as much disheartening as they were humiliating. Unprecedented it was called and unprecedented it was! In the landmark election, the party president of PDP, a man known for his action lost to a man who later went on to become a talking-junk!
For now, another round of election is offing in the air. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and can be be felt everywhere. For commoners and many alike, there is a reason to be excited and elated, because its once in a five year time that we get to exercise our power between the sky and the earth. Its time for us to reflect about our past and contemplate about our future. It is time for each one of us to think deeper beyond "equity with justice" and "service with humility". If democracy is what we are advocating then its time for us to look for a leader and not a ruler.
As the pool day draws ever closer, I am looking for a person deserving of my precious vote. I am willing to gift away my valuable gift from the throne to a person who have a vision beyond party manifesto and undertake to do things within our own means. I am looking for someone who lives by democratic values and someone who knows that life in politics is way beyond prescribed five year tenure. Most importantly I am looking for someone who have lots of commonsense; and that someone who will back away and say to the national exchequer that "this time I am not going to take my car entitlement, because our economic situation is not so good"
Now do you think you have the attributes to win my vote?