AAP wins #BawanaByPoll, big setback for BJP

Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal

The advent of AAP on Delhi's political scene has totally altered the electoral equations in the city-state.

In the run up to elections, senior leaders of the AAP including national convener Kejriwal made multiple visits to the constituency to campaign for the party.

Rane retained Valpoi seat defeating his Congress opponent Roy Naik by 10,087 votes, taking the saffron party's tally in the 40-member House to 14. BJP's Reddy polled 97,076 votes while Silpa Mohan Reddy secured 69,610 votes. We led till 11th round.

Almost 75 percent voting was recorded during the 23 August bypolls in Goa. Parrikar got 63.47% of the votes while his Congress opponent polled 32.56%.

It was much lower than during the 2015 Assembly elections which had recorded 61.83% polling. It had fielded a seasoned politician and three-time Bawana legislator Surender Kumar in the by-election.

The AAP has retained the Bawana bypoll.

While it is far from a comeback of any sort, the Congress leaders said the increase in vote share was a sign that the 2020 Assembly elections would see a revival for the party.

The counting of votes for the Bawana assembly bypoll here began at 8 a.m. on Monday. "The Congress is the only gainer", said Ms. Mukherjee.

- Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) August 28, 20173.

Having lost two seats that went to polls in Goa, the Congress today alleged that the ruling BJP "indulged in corrupt practises". He had resigned from Assembly membership and joined the BJP in March 2017, necessitating the bypoll.

The Nandyal constituency of Andhra Pradesh witnessed the most intriguing battle between the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the main opposition YSR Congress party. Kejriwal's AAP bagged 59,886 votes while BJP finished second with 35,834 votes polled by Ved Prakash. Panaji was a particularly prestigious contest with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seeking a re-entry into the Assembly after a stint in Parliament and as the Union defence minister. A victory was as important for AAP as for BJP and Congress but for same reason.

There are 2.94 lakh voters in Bawana, including 1,64,114 males, 1,30,143 females and 25 third gender voters.

"As the president of Delhi BJP, I accept the mandate and take responsibility for it", Mr Tiwari told reporters in Delhi, adding that the result was against the expectations of the party. The party subsequently also lost the Delhi MCD polls. The party will have to work more to get the support it enjoyed during Sheila Dikshit's rule in Delhi. On the other side, this election results also showed a ray of hope to Congress as the party was struggling to show their presence in Delhi.

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