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November 24 2017, 09:59 | Irvin Gilbert
Parrikar wins Panaji, Valpoi goes to Vishwajit Rane
AAP redeems itself in Delhi After a string of electoral reverses in Punjab and Goa, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party somewhat redeemed itself with a win in Bawana Assembly constituency in Delhi, where its candidate Ram Chander trounced BJP's Ved Prakash, an AAP turncoat, by over 24,000 votes. The results for the bye-elections in Goa's Panaji and Valpoi, Delhi's Bawana, and Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh will be out within three hours, officials said.
N Chandrababu Naidu-headed Telugu Desam Party defeated its arch rival YSR Congress in Nandyal Assembly constituency of Andhra Pradesh.
The by-poll was held on August 23, which witnessed a meagre turnout of 45 per cent.
BJP's Vishwajit Rane, who had quit the Congress soon after the Goa Assembly elections, retained Valpoi seat, defeating his nearest Congress rival Roy Naik by 10,066 votes, taking the saffron party's tally in the 40-member House to 14.
TDP candidate Brahmananda Reddy, who won the Nandhyal constituency, polled 97,076 votes beating his nearest rival YSR Congress party nominee Silpa Mohan Reddy, who netted 69,610 votes. Before being promoted to the union rank, he was an MLA from Panaji from 1994 to 2014.
Mr. Parrikar said, "All methods were tried - legal, media, social media and scurrilous publicity".
While the AAP is hoping to pass this litmus test by reclaiming the seat and putting a stop to its waning popularity, the BJP is trying to continue its winning streak after the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll and municipal corporations election.
The BJP retained Panaji after sitting party legislator Sidarth Kuncolienkar resigned from the seat, enabling Parrikar to contest in the State Capital.
In Valpoi, the bypolls were held following the resignation of Rane as a Congress MLA. He subsequently joined the BJP and joined the cabinet as Health Minister. The by-elections in three states saw the ruling parties retaining as many seats. He defeated the Congress' Girish Chodankar by a margin of 4,800 votes.