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Mamata Banerjee congratulates Arvind Kejriwal, AAP over Bawana bypoll win

31 August 2017

Rejecting the allegations, Goa BJP General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade told PTI that the Congress' reaction shows their frustration on losing both the seats. Though Parrikar led the BJP's Assembly election campaign, the party lost badly, coming down from 21 seats to 13.

Bawana constituency of Delhi had witnessed a turnout of 44.84 percent - much below the 61.83 percent in the assembly polls in 2015. Congress candidate Surender Kumar bagged 31,919 votes.

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.

The North-West Delhi constituency of 3.5 lakh voters is dotted with slum clusters, the biggest of which is the Shahbad Dairy.

The BJP in Goa comfortably won both by-polls including the Panaji seat where chief minister Manohar Parrikar defeated his Congress party rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Prakash, who had been in the BJP until 2015, fought the Assembly polls the same year as an AAP candidate, after being denied a ticket by his former party.

A by-election that saw Jagan Reddy openly demanding that Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu "should be shot" for not fulfilling his poll promises and the TDP chief hitting back saying those who criticised him should not take pensions given by his government or "walk on the roads built by us, ended with the TDP wresting the seat by a margin of over 27,000 votes".

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Either way, Kejriwal will feel relieved for now following what has been one of the toughest years for AAP so far, and the BJP would wonder how exactly was it able to not only continue its winning momentum but also only just able to beat the Congress to second place.

However, Congress with 16 MLAs still remains the single largest party in the Goa assembly. Yet such a dynamic seems to have been lost on the top leadership of the BJP as they have supported and tried to incite similar attacks on the Chief Minister, using his party members such as Kapil Mishra, among others.

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.

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

The AAP has won this seat again, but it has lost nearly 50,000 votes in just two years in the constituency.

The Nandyal by-poll was necessitated after the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who had in fact quit the YSR Congress a year ago to join the ruling TDP. As many as 1,413 votes were polled under the "none of the above" (NOTA) category.

Mamata Banerjee congratulates Arvind Kejriwal, AAP over Bawana bypoll win