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Ashwini Kumar "Minna" to miss a date with ballot

punjab Updated: Apr 10, 2014 16:14 IST
Vishal Joshi

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate from Karnal parliamentary constituency and the media baron Ashwini Kumar Chopra "Minna" will not exercise his franchise.

Owner of Punjab Kesari, Delhi, Chopra is a resident of "printing press complex, near DTC complex, Delhi," is not a registered voter in Karnal.

"I have a vote in Delhi which also goes polling today. BJP is certainly going to miss vote of its ardent supporter but I have to stay here with my party workers in the constituency," Chopra told Hindustan Times at Badarpur village, about 30-kms from Karnal.

"But I will soon include my name in the Karnal's voter list and I really miss my inability to cast my vote this time," said Chopra, a known Page 3 figure in New Delhi and an ex-Ranji player.

Chopra said that since morning he was moving at various polling booths to boost the morale his party workers and ensure that nothing goes wrong at the polling stations.

Claiming that BJP was in a direct electoral fight with the Congress, Chopra admits that it was an easy task to take on politically two-time MP.

"Besides, Modi Factor, strong fighting in the Congress has further helped the BJP. People are unhappy with the non-performance of the local MP," he said,

Chopra said that being a journalist he was aware that the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Congress legislator from Gannaur Kuldeep Sharma maintain strong reservation against Sharma.

"Also, the rebel Congress leader Venod Sharma is working against Arvind and these factors would help us. With the help of BJP workers, I am able to cash on various castes and got overwhelming support from followers of various deras in the constituency," he said.

In a brief interaction with party workers at Badarpur said that he was not a typical politician who makes false tall claims.

"But I request you not to offer me milk anymore. Thode hi dinon mein mera pet bahut zayada mota ho gaya hai Haryane ke desi doodh pee pee ke," he said in a lighter vein.