Bawana bypoll: Its candidate 3rd, Cong finds solace in vote

Live Bypoll results: Goa CM Parrikar wins in Panaji, counting underway in Bawana, Nandyal & Valpoi

Goa Suraksha Manch chief Anand Shirdokar was a distant third with 220 votes.

Parrikar won his maiden assembly election from Panaji in 1994 and this will be his 6th term from the Goan capital. Parrikar said he would resign his seat in the Rajya Sabha shortly. Chodankar said he may have lost the polls, but he was touched by the manner in which Panaji voters had interacted with him. The election was necessary because within six months of becoming the Chief Minister, sitting MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar had vacated the seat for Parrikar.

There was intense speculation, however, on whether the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would manage to win the Bawana seat in Delhi where the byelection had been necessitated by its victor in the last election, Ved Prakash, quitting the party before the civic election in March this year and joining the BJP.

The BJP's defeat in Bawana just four months after its massive victory in MCD elections and one-sided win in Rajouri Garden bypolls is nearly like a U-turn by voters in Delhi. The Congress finished third but put up a credible performance. The shift in favour of the Congress no doubt came from the "minorities" vote that had backed Parrikar so convincingly in 2012. Congress initially sprinted with the lead but AAP caught up before establishing an unassailable lead while BJP at one point seemed to be settling atthird position.

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He defeated Congress candidate Roy R Naik, who polled 6101 votes. On the other side BJP who was struggling to be the second choice finally managed to finish as runner-up in the Bawana By election.

Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party snatched the Nandyal seat by a huge margin. TDP candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy won comfortably from the Nandyal Assembly constituency, defeating YSRCP candidate Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy with a margin of over 27,456 votes.

The Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi (RPS), a proponent of a separate Rayalaseema state which some political observers considered a game-changer, failed to take off and got a mere 154 votes-less than even the 1,231 none of the above (NOTA) votes. With the exception of the 16th round, the TDP candidate maintained a lead until the completion of counting in 19 rounds. But, as the votes polled in the booths of the slum clusters started coming into the picture, the AAP widened its margin.

This time, the YSR Congress rejected the TDP's appeal not to field a candidate on the ground that it had won the Nandyal seat in the 2014 elections. Nagi Reddy, who crossed over to the TDP a year ago, died in April, leaving the vacancy.

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