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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji Assembly by-election

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji Assembly by-election

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who won the Panaji assembly by-poll on Monday, said a church-backed fact finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy against him ahead of the August 23 by-elections.

The by-elections in Delhi, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh saw the ruling parties retaining three seats.

Nandyal Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh has become a battle of prestige for TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSRC head Jagan Mohan Reddy.

BJP candidate and health minister Vishwajit Rane retained his Valpoi seat by defeating his nearest rival Roy Naik of the Congress by 10,066 votes.

Not only this, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the seat with a huge margin of 24,00 votes. Eight candidates are in the fray for the election in which the AAP, the BJP, and the Congress are locked in a keen contest.

After it lost the February 4 election in Goa - the BJP had won just 13 seats to the Congress's 17, but managed to cobble up an alliance to grab power - the saffron party has been desperately trying to reshape the political contours in this state by poaching Congress MLAs with the bait of cabinet posts.

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The by-election was held following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy in March. YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy is said to have followed Kishor's "guidance", viewing it as a prelude to the Assembly elections in 2019, even though Prashant's team still claims that its work is mainly focused on the 2019 Assembly elections.

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.

In Goa bypoll, Panaji seat holds the future for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

He resigned from Assembly membership and AAP, before joining BJP in March this year, necessitating the bypoll.

Mr Parrikar, the former Defence Minister, won by 4803 votes, defeating his rival from Congress Girish Chodankar.


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