Bypoll results: BJP bags 2 seats, AAP wins Delhi prestige battle

Bypoll results: BJP bags 2 seats, AAP wins Delhi prestige battle

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari took responsibility of the defeat of party candidate Ved Prakash, stating that the causes of his defeat will be reviewed. The constituency has voted for the party's ideology and track-record in governance, implying that the AAP has managed to retain its mass base, at least in Bawana. AAP's candidate Ram Chander garnered 59,886 votes in the by-poll, salvaging some pride for his party that was lost heavily in the Delhi civic polls held early this year.

A almost 75 percent voter turnout was recorded during the August 23 bypolls in Goa. So, of the total 131,950 votes polled, AAP bagged 45.4 per cent while the BJP and the Congress got 27.2 and 24.2 per cent votes, respectively.

Generally it has been seen that the Assembly bi-elections are normally won by the party in power in the particular state where seats have fallen vacant.

One of the 12 reserved constituencies, Bawana has around 2.94 lakh voters and is dotted with 26 villages, unauthoried colonies and slums. While the AAP's victory in Delhi provided the party with the much-needed boost, the BJP's victory in Goa is being read as a sign of what may follow in the next Assembly elections and the bypoll in Andhra Pradesh's Nandyal constituency was a closely contested fight between the ruling TDP and the Opposition.

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Almost 75 percent voting was recorded during the 23 August bypolls in Goa. The BJP remained at the third position in most of the rounds. Staging a comeback from back-to-back electoral defeats in recent past, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party leapt way ahead of both Congress and BJP. They had urged the Election Commission to use VVPAT machines for tallying votes.

The by-election was necessitated by the defection of the AAP legislator to the BJP. In the previous five elections, the Congress had struggled to go over even 5,000 votes.

Panjim has been a BJP bastion since 1994, with Parrikar holding the seat for 23 years.

The bi-election to Andhra Pradesh's Nandyal seat was being viewed as a show of strength between TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu who is also the chief minister and YSR Congress head and its founder Jagan Reddy. 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. As many as 1,413 votes were polled under the "none of the above" (NOTA) category.

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