AAP Gets Delhi, Parrikar Sweeps The Panji Bypoll

The results will decide the fate of candidates of the three major political parties-the ruling AAP the BJP and the Congress-all of whom have exuded confidence about winning the seat

The BJP's Ved Prakash is at the third place with 26,406 votes, the Delhi CEO office said. When asked if the party has made so many mistakes that it couldn't even gain after election of a Dalit President, the BJP national leader said, "Do not link election of President Kovind to the BJP not winning a reserved seat in Delhi".

The BJP, which had fielded AAP turncoat Ved Parkash as its candidate, finished a distant second with 35,834 votes, while the Congress's Surender Kumar, a three-time former MLA from Bawana, trailed closely behind with 31,919 votes.

Counting of votes in four assembly constituencies - Bawana in Delhi, Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, Valpoi and Panaji in Goa got underway on Monday morning. The bypoll was watched most keenly as the ruling had not seen an electoral victory after the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.

"In the 2014 general elections, Congress had polled 19,089 votes in Bawana Assembly segment with a vote share of 11.26 per cent".

However, Prakash quit the party and resigned from the Delhi Assembly to join the BJP in March, ahead of the municipal corporation elections. Besides Panaji, by-election was also held in Valpoi constituency on August 23. The party had got 25,950 votes compared to 40,602 cornered by the BJP.

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"We want to thank all voters, supporters and leaders who helped in winning the seat", AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister tweeted after the victory.

The win in Bawana could be a major psychological boost for the AAP leadership as the party had been on a steady downswing ever since its victory in the Delhi assembly polls, in which it had swept 67 out of 70 seats.

Having lost two seats that went to polls in Goa, the Congress today alleged that the ruling BJP "indulged in corrupt practises". The result of the by-election, a morale booster for chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP, was announced on Monday.

TDP candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy won comfortably from the Nandyal Assembly constituency, defeating YSRCP candidate Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy with a margin of over 27,456 votes.

The AAP has won this seat again, but it has lost nearly 50,000 votes in just two years in the constituency. The role fell upon All India Congress Committee secretary and party loyalist Girish Chodankar, who put up a formidable campaign despite the party's ground-level organsation staying away from the campaign after Monserrate joined the Goa Forward Party.

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