Nandyal by-election result is seen as a referendum on the performance of the TDP-BJP government. It is also expected to indicate the direction in which the wind may blow in the 2019 elections. Celebrations broke out in the TDP camp in Nandyal and other parts of the state as the party workers took to the streets, dancing to drum beats, bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets.
TDP wins Nandyal seat with huge majority
Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) won the Nandyal assembly seat with a huge majority, dealing a big blow to the YSR Congress party, which had bagged the seat in 2014. TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy defeated his nearest rival Silpa Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress party by over 27,466 votes. Brahmananda Reddy polled 97,076 votes while Silpa Mohan Reddy secured 69,610 votes. The Congress finished far behind with just 1,382 votes.
In what was considered a prestige battle by both the parties, Brahmananda Reddy took the lead from the very first round of counting. Except in the 16th round, the TDP candidate maintained the majority till the completion of counting in 19 rounds. About 80 per cent of the 2.16 lakh voters had cast their votes in the by-election held on August 23.
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Over the last two months, the residents of Bawana have had multiple visits from the Delhi Chief Minister. In July, images and videos of Kejriwal in Bawana flooded AAP's social media circles.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday extended congratulations to her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal following his party's victory in the Bawana by-election.
Nandyal By-Election: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, quite elated at the victory, said, “People have again shown confidence and trust in development, welfare and good governance. We will continue our development and welfare activities." "The same results will be seen in future also. The voters have rejected the vicious and hate speech politics,” said Naidu.
Bawana goes to AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party comfortably retained the Bawana Assembly constituency, leaping way ahead of BJP and Congress, redeeming some lost pride following a string of poll defeats in recent times. The AAP candidate, Ram Chander, bagged 59,886 votes while the BJP, which had fielded AAP turncoat Ved Parkash as its candidate, finished a distant second with 35,834 votes. Congress's Surender Kumar trailed closely behind with 31,919 votes.
The constituency, situated on the northern periphery of the city, is a mix of slum clusters, villages and has a huge poorvanchali (migrants from east UP, Bihar) voter base, factors which combined to propel the AAP to victory. For the BJP, the loss comes barely four months into its total domination in the municipal polls and a sweep of the Rajouri Garden bypolls.
Panaji By-Election: The BJP on Monday won both the Panaji and Valpoi assembly seats in Goa in the latest round of by-polls. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won with a margin of 4,803 votes. Parrikar, who won the Panaji seat for the sixth time, polled 9,862 votes beating his nearest rival Congress' Girish Chodankar, who netted 5,059 votes. Anand Shirodkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch came a distant third with 220 votes. "I was expecting to win," Parrikar told reporters after the victory.
Bawana By-Election: AAP has extended its lead over Congress by 19129 votes. Current tally: AAP - 45688, Congress- 26559, BJP- 25099 in 20th round. Still 8 rounds of counting to go. The Congress is hoping for a victory in the bypoll to open its account in the Delhi Assembly. BJP candidate Ved Prakash was placed third with 25099 votes. So far, 1073 votes have been counted under the "none of the above" category.
Bawana is one of the largest constituencies in Delhi in terms of number of voters (2.94 lakh). The by-poll, which was held on August 23, saw a meagre turnout of 45 per cent. A total of eight candidates are in the fray.
Bawana By-Election: AAP candidate Ram Chander has taken a decisive lead over Congress's Surender Kumar by 15,215 votes after the 18th round of counting of votes. The AAP candidate had polled 40,402 votes and Kumar had bagged 25,187. BJP candidate Ved Prakash is in third position with 22,750 votes. So far, 963 votes have been counted under the "none of the above" category.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Vishwajit Rane for winning bypolls in Goa. Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Congrats to @manoharparrikar & @visrane for the impressive wins in Panaji & Valpoi respectively. I thank the people of Goa for their support.”
Valpoi By-Election: BJP candidate and health minister Vishwajit Rane retained his Valpoi seat by defeating his nearest rival Roy Naik of the Congress by 10,066 votes. Rane had resigned as MLA after leaving the Congress. With today's results, the BJP's strength in the House rises to 14. The Congress has 16 MLAs, Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) three each, NCP one, while three are independent. The BJP-led coalition comprises GFP, MGP and the three independents.
Nandyal by-election: The ruling Telugu Desam Party candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy has established a lead of over 13,000 votes after five rounds of counting for Nandyal Assembly by-election in Andhra Pradesh. As the counting began this morning, Reddy established a lead against his main rival Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress right from the first round. The TDP fielded Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy, his nephew, in the by- election.
Parrikar wins Panaji Assembly by-election
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today won the Panaji Assembly by-election, defeating his nearest rival, Girish Chodankar of the Congress, by 4,803 votes. Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 by Chodankar. Goa Suraksha Manch president Anand Shirodkar polled only 220 votes, while 301 people pressed `None of The Above (NOTA) button.