The by-elections in Delhi, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh saw the ruling parties retaining three seats. Kishor's aggression backfired? Election strategist Prashant Kishor's attempt to break ice in south did not succeed as the YSR Congress Party candidate Shilpa Reddy lost to TDP's Bhuma Reddy by a massive 27,466 votes in the Nandyal Assembly constituency of Andra's Kurnool district.
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. Earlier, a Church-run pastoral magazine, had likened contemporary India to Nazi Germany, while imploring Catholics to vote against communalism in the by-polls. In Delhi, Bawana bypoll has become a matter of prestige for the ruling AAP, the BJP, and the Congress.
The by-election was held following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy in March.
Bawana bypoll in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP made a comeback in Delhi politics by scoring a massive victory in Bawana bypoll.
In Goa bypoll, Panaji seat holds the future for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
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. He subsequently joined the BJP and joined the cabinet as Health Minister. Having lost Pratapsingh's ambitious son to the BJP, the Congress could well be staring at the loss of at least three seats to the saffron party in this part of interior Goa in the future if it doesn't work to counter the Ranes' influence in the Sattari taluka. Congress' Surender Kumar bagged 31, 919 votes. Today, he defeated his nearest rival, Congress's Girish Chodankar, by 4,803 votes.
In the 70-member Delhi Assembly, the AAP has 65 MLAs, the BJP four whole Congress is hoping to open its account in the House by winning this seat.