December 7: A tough competition is likely to happen between Karan Chaudhary and Dhurba Thapa for the new leadership of NADA Automobiles Association of Nepal. The election for the new executive committee and 45th General Assembly of NADA is going to be held on December 8 and 9. They are now preparing for the election by forming their own panels.
NADA's presidential candidate Karan Chaudhary is the official dealer of Suzuki cars in Nepal and the executive director of CG MotoCorp, the automotive division under CG Holdings. Likewise another contender Dhruba Thapa is the official dealer of Force Motors in Nepal and the president of the Himalayan Organization.
Chaudhary, who represents a big business house, has support of big businessmen while small businessmen are in support of Thapa. At present, both the groups are in the race to win the election.
Both Chaudhary and Thapa say they are ready for consensus. Both of them are holding discussions for consensus along with election publicity. Current president Krishna Prasad Dulal was elected unanimously.
Chaudhary is also an auto dealer with his own network. The Suzuki brand is in a position to help him in the election. Many officials of NADA are also seen supporting Chaudhary. NADA Secretary Anup Baral, General Secretary Sunil Rijal, Surendra Upreti, Prakash Kapuri and others have already announced to contest election from Chaudhary's panel. He also has the support of CEO of Sipradi Trading Company Rajan Babu Shrestha, Yamaha, Hero, and IME Motors.
Similarly, Dhruba Thapa has support from small and big businessmen alike. Thapa is backed by Nirakar Shrestha, Hyundai's official dealer and director of Laxmi Group. NADA vice-president Aakash Golchha is also on his panel. He is also the official dealer of Ford Motors for Nepal.
Similarly, BN Pathak, president of Nepal Recondition Association, Dipendra Mishra of Satyadeep International and Rajan Poudel of Poudel Enterprises have also been included in Thapa's panel. Thapa also has the support of auto dealers in Pokhara.
NADA has 3,365 members. Election will be held for 20 posts of the Central Working Committee. According to the amended statute of NADA 2077, the chairpersons of eight associated bodies will automatically be represented in the central working committee. Similarly, the first meeting of the elected committee will select the four vice-presidents, general secretary, secretary, treasurer and vice-treasurer.