By election results: AAP wins Bawana, BJP leads Goa

Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal

Rane Jr (as he is known in media circles here) won the seat with a margin of over 10,000 votes, leaving his Congress opponent, Roy Naik, trailing far behind. The competition was filled with ups and downs in Bawana constituency of Delhi with AAP and Congress switching the top place frequently.

The AAP won by nearly 24, 000 votes this year after the final round of counting while the BJP earned 35,834 and Congress earned 31,919 votes. The voting to the by-election had recorded 45 percent voter turnout on August 23 and used VVPAT machines. Congress candidate Surender Kumar bagged 31,919 votes.

"In the 2014 general elections, Congress had polled 19,089 votes in Bawana Assembly segment with a vote share of 11.26 per cent".

Parkash, who had won Bawana seat on AAP's ticket, deserted his party to join BJP just before the municipal elections in February.

Bawana by-polls results came out on Monday has helped Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to regain its ground in Delhi and gave a ray of hope to the Congress as well as the party was struggling to show their presence in the national capital. But, as the votes polled in the booths of the slum clusters started coming into the picture, the AAP widened its margin.

Goa bi-elections had become significant on another count as former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was in the fray from one constituency while from the other a Congress defector Vishwajit Rane who is son of former chief minister Pratap Singh Rane was contesting as BJP nominee after having resigned from Congress.

The BJP's defeat is all the more "glaring" in the backdrop of "spectacular" success of the party in the MCD polls held in April and the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll before that, he said. The vote-counting trends indicated that the AAP gained majorly from these areas. The BJP remained at the third position in most of the rounds.

The by-election was necessitated by the defection of the AAP legislator to the BJP.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said after the results that party's revival process "may be hard but not impossible!"

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

TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy, a political greenhorn, overcame the YSR Congress' tough challenge to add another feather to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's cap.

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