The newly elected executive committee of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) today elected Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar as its senior vice president.
Rajkarnikar received 37 votes against his opponent Kumud Dugar, who received 24 votes. There are 61 members in the executive committee excluding immediate past president, who also has a voting right, though there was some confusion whether to let him vote or not as this is the first time the executive committee has voted for the senior vice-president.
However, Krishna Prasad Tamrakar, who was projected as the candidate for senior vice-president by Ajad Shrestha’s camp, could not vote due to his poor health. He had been elected unopposed from Bagmati zone, whereas Kumud Kumar Dugad had been elected executive member from Bheri zone unopposed.
Rajkarnikar, who had been elected unopposed from Mahakali zone was projected senior vice-president from Suraj Vaidya panel, while in absence of Tamrakar Dugar was projected as the senior vice-president from Ajad Shrestha panel.
However, FNCCI election results on Tuesday gave the Vaidya panel a clear majority against Shrestha panel.
Earlier in the morning, the immediate past president Kush Kumar Joshi administered oath of Office to newly elected president Suraj Vaidya and Vaidya administered the oath of office to his vice-presidents and executive committee members.
Suraj Vaidya has Pradeep Jung Pandey (Commodities), Bhawani Rana (Districts/Municipalities) and Pashupati Murarka (Associate) as vice-presidents. Rana and Murarka are from Vaidya panel, while Pandey is from Shrestha panel.
The newly elected president Vaidya instructed the FNCCI Secretariat to provide unconditional service to the entrepreneurs, while director general at the FNCCI Secretariat Dr Hemant Dawadi welcomed the new executive committee.