Bypoll results: AAP retains Bawana, TDP wins Nandyal; Manohar Parrikar secures Panaji

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 by Girish Chodankar of the Congress

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday won a significant Delhi bypoll, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar emerged victorious in Panaji and the TDP clinched the Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh thus getting a boost ahead of next year's state assembly elections.

The counting of votes for by-election in remaining three Assembly constituencies, one each in Goa, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh is still on.

BJP won the Panaji and Valpoi seats that went to polls on August 23.

This high-stakes battle won by the TDP by more than 27,000 votes was nearly a personal contest between TDP head and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on the one hand and YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy on the other. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won from Panaji and health minister Vishwajit Rane won the Valpoi seat. Earlier, a Church-run pastoral magazine, had likened contemporary India to Nazi Germany, while imploring Catholics to vote against communalism in the by-polls. The TDP candidate, Bhuma Bramananda Reddy won a little over 50 per cent of the votes polled, defeating his closest rival, Shilpa Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress in an election that saw a voter-turnout that exceeded 80 per cent. In Delhi, the three major political parties - the ruling AAP, the BJP and the Congress - are vying for a win in Bawana which is being seen as a barometer of political influence in the city. Rane had resigned as MLA after leaving the Congress. BJP now has 14 MLAs in the state Assembly, while the Congress has 16 MLAs. BJP legislator Sidarth Kuncolienkar had resigned from the Panaji seat to enable Parrikar to contest from it after he became chief minister.

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Prakash had won from Bawana, a seat reserved for the SC category, in 2015 Assembly elections as an AAP candidate.

The by-election to the Bawana constituency was necessitated by the resignation of Mr Prakash, who switched over to the BJP in the run-up to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls. He subsequently joined the BJP and the cabinet as Health Minister.

According to reports in the media, Congress' Surender Kumar has already conceded defeat to AAP. The victories are considered as important for the BJP as the party does not enjoy a majority on its own in the 40-member assembly.

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