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Ashwini Kumar Chopra
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Director, Editor : Punjab Kesari
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded by Arvind Kumar Sharma
Succeeded by Sanjay Bhatia
Constituency Karnal
Personal details
Born (1956-06-11)11 June 1956
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Died 18 January 2020(2020-01-18) (aged 63)
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Spouse(s) Kiran Chopra
Children 3
Education Graduation from Guru Nanak Dev University. Masters in Journalism from Punjab University.
Occupation Cricketer, Journalist, Politician

Ashwini Kumar Chopra (11 June 1956 – 18 January 2020), was a senior journalist and resident editor of the Punjab Kesari, in Delhi. He got elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Karnal as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and was the eldest son of the third generation from the journalists' family who own the Hindsamachar group of newspapers. During the days of terrorism in Punjab, his grandfather Lala Jagat Narain and father Romesh Chander were assassinated in 1981 and 1984 respectively. In their collective bid to curb terrorism through a drive by the journalists and activists, Punjab Kesari is commonly called the newspaper of martyr journalists.

Punjab Kesari, Delhi with daily Special Editorial at page one


After graduating from Guru Nanak Dev University, Ashwini obtained a master's degree in Journalism from Punjab University. In his quest for in depth study of journalism, he opted for a master's degree in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley and thereafter under the guidance of his grandfather and father stepped into journalism and while being in USA Ashwini worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for about 6 months and later he worked with The Times Group in Delhi, India.

Cricketing career

Prior to entering journalism full-time, he played under the name of Ashwini Minna for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy and played a total of 25 first class matches between 1975–76 and 1979-80. He was a leg-spinner and was being considered for the Indian team from 1975 to 1977, but could not do much against the MCC touring team of 1976-77. His maiden first-class wicket was that of Sunil Gavaskar in the Irani Cup match of 1975-76.


Ashwini is well known for his daily page one, Special Editorial with bold and popular wording. He was given Lok Sabha ticket by BJP for 2014 from Karnal. He was the New MP from Karnal. He won by a huge margin.

General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BJP Ashwini Kumar Chopra 594,817 49.84% +26.98%
INC Dr. Arvind Kumar Sharma 234,670 19.66% -17.91%
INLD Jaswinder Singh Sandhu 187,902 15.74% +15.74%
BSP Virender Maratha 102,628 8.60% -19.56%
NOTA None of the above 2,929 0.25% ---
Majority 360,147 30.18% +15.47%
Turnout 1,193,500
[[Bharatiya Janata Party|Template:Bharatiya Janata Party/meta/shortname]] gain from [[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]] Swing
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