Ruling parties win in Goa, Delhi, AP bypolls

Posted August 31, 2017

This showed an increase of voted for Congress after the 2015 assembly election while the BJP saw its number of votes dropped by nearly half. The Delhi Congress party however said that they were quite satisfied with the election as it saw an increase in its vote since the last election.

The Congress, which had mounted a concerted campaign for revival in Delhi came third after BJP in the Bawana contest.

The BJP, which had fielded AAP turncoat Ved Parkash as its candidate, finished a distant second with 35,834 votes, while the Congress's Surender Kumar, a three-time former MLA from Bawana, trailed closely behind with 31,919 votes.

A almost 75 percent voter turnout was recorded during the August 23 bypolls in Goa.

Generally it has been seen that the Assembly bi-elections are normally won by the party in power in the particular state where seats have fallen vacant.

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

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

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Congress won only 7.87 percent of votes in the 2015 assembly polls.

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.

While supporters of the saffron party would not want too much to be read into such a disappointing defeat, the celebrations of their party's victory in Goa by-polls along with the nature and margin of the defeat in Delhi make, giving attention to AAP's victory logical. Nagi Reddy, who crossed over to the TDP past year, died in April, leaving the vacancy.

The by-election was held because Ved Prakash had to resign as a legislator after shifting to the BJP.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said after the results that party's revival process "may be hard but not impossible!" The BJP won both the seats comfortably and a reason to claim that Goa is still under the Modi-spell.

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.