Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Bypoll results: Setback for BJP as AAP wins Bawana, TDP retains Nandyal

Bypoll results: Setback for BJP as AAP wins Bawana, TDP retains Nandyal

The BJP's Ved Prakash is at the third place with 26,406 votes, the Delhi CEO office said. Mr Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 of Mr Chodankar.In Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party retained the Bawana seat while the Bharatiya Janata Party retained both Panaji and Valpoi seats. The AAP's candidate is Ram Chandra, while the Congress has placed its bet on three-time MLA from Bawana, Surendra Kumar. The polling percentage remained quite low as only 45% people voted. The Congress, which had till 2013 ruled Delhi for 15 years straight, had drawn a blank in the assembly elections in 2015 and continues to have no presence in the assembly.

Bawana, one among the 12 reserved constituencies of Delhi, has over 2.94 lakh electors.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who resigned as Congress MLA to join the BJP in Goa, increased his victory margin in Valpoi seat to 10,066 votes from 4,066 votes in the February elections.

The two seats that went to polls in Goa- Panaji and Valpoi -were won by the BJP.

A by-election that saw Jagan Reddy openly demanding that Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu "should be shot" for not fulfilling his poll promises and the TDP chief hitting back saying those who criticised him should not take pensions given by his government or "walk on the roads built by us, ended with the TDP wresting the seat by a margin of over 27,000 votes". Other prospective candidates too wilted under pressure, drawing censure from Goa RSS leader Subhash Velingkar, who accused the chief minister of using coercive tactics.

The earlier rounds of counting had witnessed the AAP being relegated to the third position in the national capital.

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The bypoll was necessitated after the resignation of Ved Prakash as the legislator in March.

Meanwhile, in a relief for Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) managed to pull off a major win in the Nandyal by-election.

"I was expecting to win", Parrikar told reporters after the victory.

TDP candidate Brahmananda Reddy, who won the Nandhyal constituency, polled 97,076 votes beating his nearest rival YSR Congress party nominee Silpa Mohan Reddy, who netted 69,610 votes.

Defeating the chief minister in a constituency that has remained saffron - though not always with significant vote margins - for nearly a quarter century was always going to be a tough prospect for the Congress. Nagi Reddy, who crossed over to the TDP a year ago, died in April, leaving the vacancy.

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