Goa CM Parrikar wins the Panaji bypoll

Four-Time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Wins Panaji Bypoll, Rane Leading From Valpoi

Four-Time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Wins Panaji Bypoll, Rane Leading From Valpoi

The counting of votes for by-election in remaining three Assembly constituencies, one each in Goa, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh is still on.

The Bawana by-poll was necessitated after Prakash, who had won the seat as AAP nominee in 2015, left the party in March this year and joined the BJP. After the second round of counting, Telugu Desam Party candidate Brahmananda Reddy was leading by a margin of 2,832 votes over YSR Congress Party candidate Shilpa Mohan Reddy.

Only 45 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in Bawana bypolls on August 23, much lower than the 2015 figure of 61.83 per cent. Meanwhile, BJP tasted success in Valpoi too with Health minister Vishwajit Rane defeating Congress' Roy Naik by a margin of 10,066 votes. Voting was held peacefully in 379 polling stations across the Assembly constituency. In Delhi, Bawana bypoll has become a matter of prestige for the ruling AAP, the BJP, and the Congress.

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The results are crucial for all the three political parties who had exuded confidence to win the seat.

AAP candidate Ram Chandra, CM Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers of the Delhi government had all campaigned in Bawana. The Panaji bypoll was necessitated after the BJP's sitting MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar vacated the seat for Parrikar, as the latter has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of becoming the Chief Minister. He subsequently joined the BJP and joined the cabinet as Health Minister. The victories are considered as important for the BJP as the party does not enjoy a majority on its own in the 40-member assembly.

Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 by Chodankar. Parrikar, who returned to state politics in March following his stint as the defence minister, overcame his nearest Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Having lost Pratapsingh's ambitious son to the BJP, the Congress could well be staring at the loss of at least three seats to the saffron party in this part of interior Goa in the future if it doesn't work to counter the Ranes' influence in the Sattari taluka.

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