AAP wins #BawanaByPoll, big setback for BJP

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 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 effect again proved to be elusive and BJP only had the solace of coming a poor second after trailing behind Congress at number three positions till the counting process entered its final stages.

Eight candidates are in the fray but essentially the AAP, the BJP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest.

Though the party's victory margin was less than 2015, the victory came as a booster to the party after its losses in the Rajouri assembly bypoll and municipal elections.

Bawana constituency of Delhi had witnessed a turnout of 44.84 percent - much below the 61.83 percent in the assembly polls in 2015. Congress finished third with its candidate Surender Kumar receiving 27,596 votes.

Ved Prakash had won from Bawana in the 2015 Assembly elections in the city on an AAP ticket.

The North-West Delhi constituency of 3.5 lakh voters is dotted with slum clusters, the biggest of which is the Shahbad Dairy.

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The by-poll was ordered after Prakash, who was the AAP member from the constituency in north-west Delhi, resigned the seat and switched to the BJP.

In an intense three sided battle, Aam Admi Party has managed to win the Bawana assembly seat defeating the two main warriors BJP and Congress.

Panaji: The BJP has won both the seats in Goa that went for by-elections on August 23.

In Valpoi, the winning BJP candidate Rane got 16,167 votes, while his rival from the Congress, Roy Naik netted 6,101 votes.

The by-election was held because Ved Prakash had to resign as a legislator after shifting to the BJP. Just weeks before the election, former Congress minister Babush Monserrate, who was expected to take on Parrikar in Panaji, switched camps and moved to the Goa Forward Party, which is tied up with the BJP.

The fourth by-poll - for the Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh - nearly as keenly contested as the Bawana seat albeit with different players - was wrested by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, drawing the curtains on a shrill election campaign that saw him and his principal rival - YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy trade sharp exchanges. He later quit the party and joined the BJP in March this year. The election was necessary because within six months of becoming the Chief Minister, sitting MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar had vacated the seat for Parrikar. As many as 1,413 votes were polled under the "none of the above" (NOTA) category.

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