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Goa bypoll: BJP indulged in 'corrupt practises', alleges Congress

Goa bypoll: BJP indulged in 'corrupt practises', alleges Congress

Meanwhile, in the Panaji by-election, four-time chief minister and five-time Panaji MLA Manohar Parrikar takes on Girish Chodankar of the Congress and Anand Shirodkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch.

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

BJP leader Sidharth Kuncolienkar, who won the subsequent bypoll from Panaji and retained the seat in the 2017 elections, stepped down to make way for Mr Parrikar's election.

This high-stakes battle won by the TDP by more than 27,000 votes was nearly 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.




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.

BJP's Vishwajit Rane retained the Valpoi seat from which he had been elected earlier this year on a Congress ticket only to resign and join the BJP. Voting was held peacefully in 379 polling stations across the Assembly constituency.

The ruling party was keen to register its first victory in a bypoll as it lost the previous by election in Rajouri Garden to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The wins were crucial for BJP as the party doesn't enjoy a majority on its own in the 40-member assembly. The Nandyal result will be widely seen as a trend setter for the general and assembly elections in the state in 2019 and may also alter the political equations.

The actual contestants from these parties were the TDP's Bhuma Bramananda Reddy and the YS Congress's Shilpa Mohan Reddy. Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the Bawana Assembly bypoll. Rane had resigned as MLA after leaving the Congress. He resigned from Assembly membership and joined the BJP in March this year. Congress' Surender Kumar bagged 31, 919 votes. Chief minister Parrikar was the BJP candidate in Panaji and he romped home almost 5,000 votes ahead of his nearest rival.

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