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Bypolls: Ruling parties hold fort in Goa, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh

Bypolls: Ruling parties hold fort in Goa, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, Aug 28 (UNI) Ruling parties in Delhi, Goa and Andhra Pradesh were in celebration mode as their candidates secured victory today in the August 23 bypolls to four Assembly seats. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar secured Panaji, defeating Congress candidate Girish Chodankar. Mr Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 of Mr Chodankar. In Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party retained the Bawana seat while the Bharatiya Janata Party retained both Panaji and Valpoi seats. Ruling Telegu Desam Party won from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. AAP's Ram Chander registered victory in Bawana, vanquishing Ved Prakash of the BJP by a huge margin of more than 24,000 votes. After trailing in the initial stages, Mr Chander surged ahead in the subsequent rounds. The by-election to the Bawana constituency was necessitated by the resignation of Mr Prakash, who switched over to the BJP in the run-up to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the win was a mandate for the AAP's clean politics and developmental works done by it in the past two and half years. Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia thanked the people of Bawana for reposing faith in the AAP and congratulated the party workers. AAP spokesperson Nagender Sharma tweeted, 'Big takeaways from Bawana : Myth spread by political pandits that AAP only does well at the cost of Congress has been firmly busted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also congratulated her Delhi counterpart. "Congratulations Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party for winning Bawana bypoll," she tweeted. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken congratulated Mr Kejriwal for the victory but also expressed satisfaction over the increase in vote share of the party. Mr Maken said, 'Thanks to INC workers for working hard-enabling Congress to jump from 7.8 per cent in 2015 to 25 per cent.' Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane defeated Roy Naik of the Congress by 10,066 votes in Valpoi. Mr Rane polled 16,167 votes against 6,101 of Mr Naik. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr Parrikar on his win. "Congrats to @manoharparrikar & @visrane for the impressive wins in Panaji & Valpoi respectively. I thank the people of Goa for their support," Prime Minister said in a tweet. More UNI Team SW-RP1901

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