Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates Chandrababu Naidu
Chandrababu Naidu holds press conference after Nandyal bypoll victory
Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu also replied to Narendra Modi's tweet congratulating TDP, saying, "We're happy to see that people of Nandyal have reflected their belief in our model of governance."
BJP indulged in 'corrupt practices,' Congress alleges after Goa loss
Having lost two seats that went to polls in Goa, the Congress on Monday alleged that the ruling BJP "indulged in corrupt practises."
"The elections are a moral defeat for BJP as their candidates indulged in corrupt practice as official position was used by the two candidates to offer jobs to the voters, although BJP might have obtained electoral victory," alleged Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Shantaram Naik.
The ruling BJP won the by-elections to two assembly seats in Goa, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar emerging victorious from Panaji and health minister Vishwajit Rane from Valpoi. Naik admitted that his party did not had a base in both these constituencies. "Congress will strengthen its base in the two constituencies in coming days," added Naik.
Naik further alleged that the "BJP candidates in the two constituencies were holding ministerial posts without being MLAs and they went on showering false promises of jobs misusing their positions." Rejecting the allegations, Goa BJP General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade told PTI that the Congress' reaction shows their frustration on losing both the seats. —PTI
Bypoll win will provide 'moral strength' to BJP-led govt, says Manohar Parrikar
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the BJP's victory in the two bypolls in the state will provide "moral strength" to the party-led ruling coalition.
He said the results also negate the perception in certain quarters that the BJP went against the mandate of the February assembly polls and formed the government under him.
"This is an endorsement of the government and the party candidates," the chief minister said, addressing a press conference after the results were announced this morning. "In a democracy, numbers count and right now the ruling coalition has 23 members ... which gives moral strength to the state government," he added.
Parrikar alleged "certain sections" tried to create communal discord ahead of the 23 August bypolls and the opposition targeted him and Rane. "But people thwarted all such attempts," he said.
Parrikar said he never predicted any particular margin but was confident of a victory. "I had never predicted the (victory) margin. I had always said I will win with a comfortable margin. I got 64 per cent of the votes polled and my opponent got 33 per cent." —PTI
The Bawana constituency, situated on the northern periphery of the city, is a mix of slum clusters, villages and has a huge poorvanchali (migrants from east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar) voter base, factors which combined to propel the AAP to victory.
For the BJP, the loss comes barely four months into its total domination in the municipal polls and a sweep of the Rajouri Garden bypolls.
The bypoll result is a setback to the YSRC that was banking on Nandyal to give it momentum for 2019. Jagan is slated to follow in his late father's footsteps by undertaking a padyatra from Kadapa to north coastal Andhra, starting October. The takeaway from Nandyal is that while Jagan attracts the crowds, they do not quite translate into votes. Nandyal is a reminder that people expect him to be not just a leader, but a statesman as well.
Kejriwal was on a downward spiral since the loss in Punjab. The win suggests his strategy of giving up confrontation and focussing on solving Delhi's problems has worked. Over the past few weeks, Kejriwal had abandoned his strategy of attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and making grandiose plans across India.
He had been uncharacteristically sober and restrained since the loss in the MCD polls. His only public appearance in recent times was a press conference to ask private schools to return the excess fees they had collected. Perhaps, voters have been impressed by the new, reticent, sincere Kejriwal.
TDP wins Nandyal Assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh
Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy of TDP defeated his YSR Congress rival by over 27,000 votes.
AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia thanks supporters
बवाना उपचुनाव में AAP को चुनने के लिए बवाना के सभी मतदाताओं को धन्यवाद। शानदार जीत के लिए सभी कार्यकर्ताओं, विधायकों एवं सहयोगियों को बधाई।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 28, 2017
Congress shows signs of recovery in Bawana
The latest trends of Bawana bypolls result shows that the Congress party has shown signs of recovery from what it face in the 2015 Assembly polls. Though it is still early to predict anything, the trends in election shows that the Congress party that was not among the winner or the runners up in the 2015 Assembly polls has stood as the runners up by the 19th round of vote counting.
In 2015 Assembly election, Aam Admi Party won the seat with BJP as the trailing party. But this time around by 19th round of counting, the Congress is maintaining the second position pushing the BJP to the third. Though the difference of votes between the leading party AAP and the trailing party congress is as huge as 17,000 votes, the Grand Old Party's scaling to the second position has been seen as a spectacular gain
AAP, Congress to contest close in Bawana
The post-poll survey of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee points out that the contest between the AAP and the Congress candidates would be 'neck and neck fight', and there are chances of Congress candidate Surendra Kumar to win the Bawana bypoll. Kumar is a three-time former MLA from Congress.
There are pockets in Bawana constituency where Congress is stronger than AAP and BJP.
"It will be a very close fight between our candidate and that of AAP. As per our survey, the AAP candidate has a slight edge over Congress candidate. The AAP government used all its resources in developing Bawana area ahead of the bypoll. This has given the party an edge over others. However, there are chances that Kumar may win," the Congress source said.
Bawana bypolls: The test of credibility for Arvind Kejriwal
Bawana bypolls have taken place four months after Kapil Mishra, a minister, in Delhi government raised serious allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It was seen as an watershed moment for Aam Admi Party, as Kejriwal had maintained a clean image till then. The allegations raised against him were seen as a blow to this image.
If the Aam Aadmi Party wins the Bawana bypolls despite this, then it will be seen as a sign of the party's recovery from the loss it suffered. On the other hand if it loses the seat, then it will be considered as another blow to the party. The party lost Rajouri Garden seat in April.
The results are crucial for all the three political parties who had exuded confidence to win the Bawana seat, reserved for the SC category.
While 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 Congress is also hoping to open its account in the 70-member assembly by winning this seat.
AAP to have clear lead in Bawana, finds survey
An internal survey conducted by the Congress shows that AAP shall have a clear lead in the Bawana bypoll. Congress party will be close second, whereas the BJP ends up being the third,
According to a Congress party source, an internal post-poll survey being conducted by the Pradesh Congress Committee in Delhi, the AAP candidate Ram Chandra would lead the Bawana bypoll. The Congress candidate Surendra Kumar, a three-time former MLA, will be a close second.
The survey says that AAP's gaining margin over Congress and BJP has been due to development work done by Delhi government in the unrecognised colonies in Bawana. "Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself has been monitoring every activity related to poll management and development of the area for the last two an a half months," a source aware of the survey findings told Firstpost.
The BJP candidate Ved Prakash, an ex-AAP MLA, who joined BJP ahead of MCD elections will be the third in the race, the survey says.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday won the Panaji Assembly by-election, defeating his nearest rival, Girish Chodankar of the Congress, by 4,803 votes. He polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 by Chodankar.
The counting of votes for Panaji, Valpoi, Bawana, Nandyal Assembly bypolls began at 8 am on Monday.
The Delhi bypoll for Bawana was necessitated after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Ved Prakash quit the party and resigned from the assembly seat to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Voting was conducted on 23 August at 379 polling booths. The polling percentage remained quite low as only 45 percent people voted.
The results are crucial for all the three political parties who had exuded confidence to win the seat.
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 Congress is also hoping to open its account in the 70-member assembly by winning this seat. AAP's Ram Chandra, BJP's Ved Prakash and the Congress's Surender Kumar are in fray in Bawana.
One of the 12 reserved constituencies, Bawana has around 2.94 lakh voters and is dotted with 26 villages, unauthoried colonies and slums.
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.
In the Valpoi bypoll, the contest is between health minister Vishwajit Rane and Ravi Naik of the Congress.
Poll officials said that counting was likely to be completed by 10 am followed by the announcement of the winners.
Nearly 75 per cent voting was recorded during the 23 August bypolls in Goa, with 22,196 and 28,868 votes cast in Panaji and in Valpoi assembly constituencies respectively.
The bypoll in Panaji was necessitated after Parrikar's return to state politics in March this year, as Chief Minister.
Sitting BJP MLA Sidarth Kuncolienkar resigned from the Panaji seat, enabling Parrikar to contest for the state capital constituency.
In Valpoi, the bypolls were held following the resignation of Rane as a Congress MLA. He subsequently joined the BJP and the cabinet as Health Minister.
With inputs from IANS
Published Date: Aug 28, 2017 04:46 pm | Updated Date: Aug 28, 2017 04:46 pm