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Ruling parties hold their ground in assembly bypolls

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday won a significant Delhi bypoll, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar emerged victorious in Panaji and the TDP clinched the Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh thus getting a boost ahead of next year's state assembly elections.

Arguably, the most crucial win is that of AAP's Ram Chander in Delhi's Bawana as it gave Arvind Kejriwal's party a much-needed psychological boost.

Bawana is one of the Capital's largest constituencies in terms of number of electors, but the August 23 bypoll but saw only a meagre turnout of 45 per cent. Chander won by over 55,000 votes.

The Bawana constituency saw mainly a three-way fight, with the ruling AAP, the BJP and the Congress all gunning for a win.

Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh

This high-stakes battle won by the TDP by more than 27,000 votes was almost a personal contest between TDP head and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on the one hand and YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy on the other.

The actual contestants from these parties were the TDP's Bhuma Bramananda Reddy and the YS Congress's Shilpa Mohan Reddy. The TDP won 50 percent of votes polled.

This bypoll was necessitated after the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who in fact quit the YSR Congress last year to join the ruling TDP. The constituency witnessed a high-voltage and acrimonious campaign by the TDP's Naidu and YSR Congress chief Reddy.

Police registered a case against Reddy for his alleged remark that there would be nothing wrong if Naidu was shot dead.

The returning officer also issued a warning letter to Jagan, as the leader is popularly known, for violating the model code of conduct. The turnout for this August 23 bypoll exceeded 80 percent.

The Nandyal election was also being seen as a referendum on TDP-BJP rule, ahead of the 2019 Assembly elections.

Goa's 2 bypolls

The BJP won both Goa bypolls, in the Panaji and Valpoi constituencies. Chief minister Parrikar was the BJP candidate in Panaji and he romped home nearly 5,000 votes ahead of his nearest rival.

The BJP retained Panaji after sitting party legislator Sidarth Kuncolienkar resigned from the seat, enabling Parrikar to contest in the State Capital.

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