Goa CM Parrikar wins in Panaji, counting underway in Bawana, Nandyal & Valpoi

Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal

Significantly, the chief minister's vote count declined from the 11,086 he polled in 2012 to 9862 in this election, even though he had Monserrate working for him behind the scenes. Congress candidate Surendra Kumar, who is a three-time member of the legislative assembly, came in third.

Predictably, Parrikar is selling the bypoll victory as an "endorsement" of his government.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Labour Minister Gopal Rai, who has been heading the party's Delhi unit since the recent MCD poll debacle, attributed the success to the AAP's track record in governance. In truth, however, the by-election has taken the BJP's tally up by one seat only, to 14 MLAs.

While supporters of the saffron party would not want too much to be read into such a disappointing defeat, the celebrations of their party's victory in Goa by-polls along with the nature and margin of the defeat in Delhi make, giving attention to AAP's victory logical.

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Overall, if we see the results of these four assembly by-polls, NDA won three out of four, but the lone Delhi seat won by AAP has definitely put salt in NDA tea party slated after the results.

"This equation will run well", said Parrikar.

There were expected to be more crossovers from the Congress, but political compulsions of power sharing have reduced that possiblity now. Of the total 28 rounds, the Congress led in eight. "This victory means a lot to the party as it has once again proved that the core vote bank of the AAP is intact".

The Nandyal by-poll was necessitated after the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who had in fact quit the YSR Congress previous year to join the ruling TDP. He resigned to join the Union cabinet in 2014, ceding the seat to his lieutenant Siddharth Kuncalienkar, in 2014 and 2017. He said people of Delhi voted for his party because of the "clean politics" it does. "They tend to vote for stability".

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His lead widened to over 15,000 votes by the end of the 18th round. In Valpoi, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane of the BJP is contesting against Roy Naik of the Congress.

Though there is speculation in political circles that the BJP may prefer to call mid-term elections in 2019 to checkmate its allies who now control the government, the party still has to recover from its setback earlier this year.

Jolted by defeat in the Bawana Assembly bypoll by a margin of over 24,000 votes, the BJP on Monday said it will review the reasons behind its embarrassing loss.

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