Counting begins for Panaji,Valpoi and Bawana by-polls
Panaji: Counting of votes in By-polls for Goa's two assembly constituencies, Panaji and Valpoi, and Delhi's Bawana constituency began at 0800 hours on Monday.
Here are the recent trends in the two states:
Counting in Goa...
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 by-poll, the contest is between Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and Roy Naik of the Congress.
Poll officials said that counting was likely to be completed by 1000 hours followed by the announcement of the winners.
Nearly 75 per cent voting was recorded during the August 23 by-polls in Goa, with 22,196 and 28,868 votes cast in Panaji and in Valpoi assembly constituencies respectively.
The by-poll in Panaji was necessitated after Parrikar's return to state politics in March this year, as Chief Minister.
Sitting BJP MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar resigned from the Panaji seat, enabling Parrikar to contest for the state capital constituency.
In Valpoi, the by-polls were held following the resignation of Rane as a Congress MLA. He subsequently joined the BJP and the cabinet as Health Minister.
Counting in Delhi...
The by-poll 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 (Lead).
Voting was conducted on August 23 at 379 polling booths. The polling percentage remaind quite low as only 45 per cent 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.
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