Founder-chairperson of the Druk National Congress (DNC), Rongthong Kunley Dorji, died Wednesday night while undergoing treatment for multiple complications in Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Sikkim. He was 73.
Confirming Dorji’s death at 11 p.m yesterday, DNC Vice-Chairman Keshang Lhendup said, his immense contribution to the establishment of constitutional democracy in Bhutan will always remain in the heart of Bhutanese people.
“We express heartfelt condolences to his family and pray for the peace of the departed soul,” added he.
Late Dorji, who was leading a strategic coalition formed by the Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee, Bhutan Peoples’ Party, Bhutanese National Democratic Party and his own DNC, was based both in Kathmandu and Delhi after the India’s High Court lifted the ban on his movement outside New Delhi. He was confined within New Delhi for almost 13 years since 1998.