By election results: AAP wins Bawana, BJP leads Goa

Counting of votes for 4 Assembly seats will be held

With many surveys claiming that AAP's popularity has taken a dip, the Bawana by-election result was being seen as a defining test for the party as well as its leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In Delhi, AAP managed to retain the seat, which fell vacant after its MLA Ved Prakash switched sides to join BJP. Parrikar and his health minister, backed by the full-throttled power of the state, were pitted against two rank outsiders.

Expected as it was, the BJP won both the seats.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who returned to state politics in March this year after a stint as the defence minister, defeated his nearest Congress rival Girish Chodankar, considered close to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, by 4803 votes.

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The Congress, which had till 2013 ruled Delhi for 15 years straight, came third with 31919 votes.

In Valpoi, Rane got 16,167 votes as against his Congress rival Roy Naik's 6,101 votes.

"This is an endorsement of the government, endorsement of my candidature and of Vishwajit's decision", Parrikar told a news conference on Monday, shortly after counting ended. BJP legislator Sidarth Kuncolienkar had resigned from the Panaji seat to enable Parrikar to contest from it after he became chief minister.

Chodankar said that although he lost, he was touched by his interactions with Panaji voters.

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In a major blow to BJP, ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday has won Delhi's Bawana by-election by a big 24,000 votes. In the previous five elections, the Congress had struggled to go over even 5,000 votes. Congress candidate Surender Kumar bagged 31,919 votes.

Almost 75 percent voting was recorded during the 23 August bypolls in Goa.

The fourth by-poll - for the Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh - nearly as keenly contested as the Bawana seat albeit with different players - was wrested by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, drawing the curtains on a shrill election campaign that saw him and his principal rival - YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy trade sharp exchanges. BJP's Reddy polled 97,076 votes while Silpa Mohan Reddy secured 69,610 votes.

Defeating the chief minister in a constituency that has remained saffron - though not always with significant vote margins - for nearly a quarter century was always going to be a tough prospect for the Congress.

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About 80 percent of the 2.16 lakh voters cast their votes in the bypoll held August 23. Prakash won the seat in the 2015 Assembly elections as an AAP candidate.

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