Counting begins for Delhi's Bawana bypoll

Delhi Bawana bypoll Results 2017 Live updates Congress candidate Surender Kumar leading

In Delhi, the by-election 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 Assembly seat reserved for the SC category. However, there were certainly many other factors that led to the defeat of BJP candidate, if several reports are to be believed.

Expected as it was, the BJP won both the seats. Parrikar defeated his nearest rival Girish Chodankar of the Congress and has now cemented his position as chief minister.

The BJP won a massive victory in Valpoi constituency of Goa where its nominee Vishwajit Rane trounced his Congress rival Roy Naik by 10,066 votes. Rane is health minister in the Goa government.

Predictably, Parrikar is selling the bypoll victory as an "endorsement" of his government. He said he would resign his Rajya Sabha seat shortly.

Chodankar said that although he lost, he was touched by his interactions with Panaji voters. But, as the votes polled in the booths of the slum clusters started coming into the picture, the AAP widened its margin.

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The bypoll in Panaji was necessitated by BJP MLA Sidarth Kuncolienkar's resignation to enable Parrikar contest and become an MLA within six months of taking over as Chief Minister.

In the 70-member Delhi Assembly, the AAP has 65 MLAs, the BJP four, while Congress was hoping to open its account in the House by winning this seat. The Congress was a distant third with just 1,382 votes, still reeling from public anger over bifurcation of the state. According to the election commission, the AAP secured a vote share of 45.4%, the BJP 27.2% and the Congress 24.2%. The BJP's Ved Prakash is at the third place with 26,406 votes, the Delhi CEO office said. A surprise element was the Congress vote bank jumping from 7.8 per cent in 2015 to 24.21 per cent this time.

Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) snatched the Nandyal Assembly seat by defeating YSR candidate with a huge margin.

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. Except in the 16th round, the TDP candidate maintained the majority till the completion of counting in 19 rounds.

About 80 percent of the 2.16 lakh voters cast their votes in the bypoll held August 23.

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