Having secured 49.8% of the total votes polled in Karnal, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has registered highest-ever vote share in this Lok Sabha constituency.
This feat has been achieved by party candidate Ashwini Kumar Chopra 'Minna,' editor of Punjab Kesari, New Delhi, who made his political debut in these elections.
Minna polled 5,94,817 votes while his nearest rival Arvind Sharma, two-time Congress MP from Karnal, could secure 2,34,670 votes only.
Jaswinder Singh Sandhu of the Indian national Lok Dal (INLD) got 1,87,902 votes while BSP nominee Virender Verma, a prominent Ror leader, polled 1,02,628 votes.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Paramjit Singh could get only 32,060 votes which was 2.7% of the total votes polled.
After his victory, Minna said that he would rope in his industrialist friends to set up new projects to provide employment to the youth in the constituency.
"Infrastructure in villages is in a deplorable condition and its improvement would be on top of my agenda. I see a scope of developing a cricket stadium in the constituency," said Minna, a former Ranji player.
He added that shifting of bus stand, expediting work on the air strip in Karnal and planned development in the industrial town of Panipat would be among his other priorities.