Parrikar wins Panaji Bypoll; AAP stuns BJP in Bawana

Parrikar wins Panaji Bypoll; AAP stuns BJP in Bawana

The BJP's allies Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) as well as two Independent MLAs had supported Parrikar. The usage of tallying machine in the election assumes significance because after losing the Assembly elections in Goa and Punjab, the AAP had alleged that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had been tampered with.

The results for Assembly polls in four constituencies falling in Delhi, Goa and Andhra Pradesh were declared on Monday.

Summary: Reacting to the defeat, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari too had said that the causes of the dedeat will be reviewed by the party. The outcome of these bi-elections is relevant under the light of these factors.

Bawana bypoll was being seen as a barometer of political influence in Delhi. A victory was as important for AAP as for BJP and Congress but for same reason. The AAP defector was the BJP candidate.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party's candidate Ram Chander garnered 59,886 votes in the bypoll.

Following defeat in the Panaji and Valpoi bypolls, the Congress party on Monday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party indulged in corrupt practices and said that the bypolls are a moral defeat for BJP. Anand Shirodkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch came a distant third with 220 votes.

The North-West Delhi constituency of 3.5 lakh voters is dotted with slum clusters, the biggest of which is the Shahbad Dairy. Of the total 28 rounds, the Congress led in eight. Parrikar got 63.47% of the votes while his Congress opponent polled 32.56%. The BJP had received 58,371 (31.40%) votes.

This picture makes it amply clear that triangular nature of electoral contest in Delhi has further gained grounds.

In the Rajouri Garden bypoll held earlier this year, the BJP had wrested the seat from the AAP while the Congress had finished second.

TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy defeated his nearest rival Silpa Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress party by over 27,000 votes. A victory for Jagan could have introduced a new political element in the state and some problem for Naidu.

The results of the assembly by-elections were announced August 28, with ruling parties winning in three states. Kejriwal paid the price of calling Modi names in public ever since the Chief Minister began accusing BJP of trying to create fissures in his party by trying to lure its members away and creating controversies that AAP has found itself surrounded by since it won 67 out of 70 seats in 2015.

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