Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Ram Chandra won the Bawana Assembly by-poll in Delhi by around 24,052 votes, giving a boost to the party which is in power in Delhi. Chandra got 59,886 votes, sotrming way ahead of BJP's Ved Prakash (35834 votes) and Congress's Surender Kumar (31919 votes).
The by-poll was necessitated after Ved Prakash quit the AAP and resigned from the assembly seat to join the BJP.
Earlier today, Chief Minister and BJP stelwart Manohar Parrikar won the Panaji Assembly by-election with a margin of 4,803 votes defeating Congress candidate Girish Chodankar. Meanwhile BJP candidate and health minister Vishwajit Rane won the Valpoi bypoll.
Meanwhile, the Nandyal Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh has become a battle of prestige for TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSRC head Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In Delhi, eight candidates are in the fray but essentially the AAP, the BJP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest. The polling for the by-poll for Bawana constituency, held on August 23, saw only 45 per cent voter turnout, much lower than the 2015 Assembly elections which had recorded 61.83 per cent polling.
For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was used in the by-election. VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.
Here are the highlights of the by-election results from Goa, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh:
In the 70-member Delhi Assembly, the AAP has 65 MLAs, the BJP four while Congress is hoping to open its account in the House by winning this seat. The BJP has fielded Ved Prakash who had won from the constituency in 2015 elections as an AAP candidate. He resigned from Assembly membership and joined the BJP in March this year. The AAP has fielded Ram Chandra while the Congress has put its bet on former three-time MLA from Bawana, Surendra Kumar.
01:01 pm: AAP's Ram Chander leads with a margin of 23,132 votes
11:50 am: AAP leads with a margin of 17,057 votes after 19 rounds of counting. (AAP- 42942, Congress- 25885, BJP- 23949)
11:30 am: After 17th round of counting AAP leads by 12230 votes. AAP 36878, Congress 24,648 and BJP 21992 votes.
11:08 am: Counting underway, results after 14th round: AAP - 27647, Congress 22936, BJP- 19542
#BawanaByPoll: AAP's Ram Chander takes a lead of 4,711 votes over Congress's Surender Kumar in 14th round of counting.— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2017
10:48 am: Results after 11th round counting : Congress - 20914, AAP- 20785, BJP- 15346.
10:11 am: Counting underway, results after 8 rounds: AAP 15979, Congress 15640, BJP 11806
10:04 am: AAP's Ram Chander takes a lead of 339 votes over Congress's Surender Kumar in 8th round of counting
09:45 am: Counting underway, results after 6 rounds: Congress 13182, BJP 9745, AAP 9499.
09:43 am: Congress candidate Surender Kumar leading with a margin of 3437 votes after six rounds of counting.
08:55 am: Congress candidate Surender Kumar leading with 3796 votes after 2nd round, AAP 3451, BJP 3154
08:46 am: Congress candidate Surender Kumar leading with 2108 votes in first round, AAP's Ram Chander gets 1906, BJP 1687.
The Panaji constituency witnessed a record polling of 70 per cent. Chief Minister and BJP stalwart Manohar Parrikar is in the fray against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's confidante Girish Chodankar.
11:05 am: PM Modi congratulates Manohar Parrikar and Vishwajeet Rane for their victory in Panaji and Valpoi bypolls respectively.
09:25 am: CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji by-poll with a margin of over 4500 votes
09:07 am: Counting underway for Panaji bypoll: Manohar Parrikar leading by a margin of 4520 votes in second round
09:00 am: According to latest updates, Manohar Parrikar leading by 2022 votes
08:55 am: Manohar Parrikar leading with 4290 votes in the first round,Cong's Girish Raya Chodankar gets 2252
08:45 am: According to latest updates, Goa Chief Manohar Parrikar is leading by 2022 votes in the Round 1 in Panaji by-poll election.
08:44 am: Counting of votes for Goa’s two assembly constituencies, Panaji and Valpoi, began at 8 a.m. today.
The Valpoi Assembly constituency witnessed a record polling of 79.80 per cent. In Valpoi, the BJP has fielded Congress rebel and Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, whose main opponent is Roy Naik, the son of former state Home minister Ravi Naik, of the Congress.
10:00 am: BJP's Vishwajeet Rane wins by a margin of 10,066 votes.
The Nandyal Assembly constituency, which saw a high voter turnout of 80 per cent, is a high stakes battle between the ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress (YSRC). The 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.
01:30 pm: TDP candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy wins Nandyal Assembly seat in AP, defeating his YSR Congress rival by over 27,000 votes.
01:01 pm: TDP leads with margin of 23,973
Andhra Pradesh's #Nandyal by-poll: TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy leading over YSRCP with a margin of 19,706 votes in 10th round of counting.— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2017
10:20 am: Results after 8 rounds: TDP - 31,117 votes, YSRCP - 17,955, Congress 278.
10:15 am: TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy leading with a margin of 13,162 votes after 5th round of counting
09:53 am: TDP's Brahmananda Reddy leading by 6,000 votes after 3 rounds of counting
09:35 am: TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy (17,695 votes) leading after 3rd round counting, YSRCP 11,624, Congress 142
08:51 am: By poll counting underway: Out of 250 postal ballot votes, 39 votes invalid, no votes for YSRCP or TDP in postal ballots
08:47 am: By-Election counting underway: Telugu Desam Party leading with 5474 votes in first round, YSR Congress Party gets 4179
08:44 am: Counting of votes starts for Nandyal Assembly constituency by-pol. Counting started at Government Polytechnic College.