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  Metros   Delhi  28 Aug 2017  AAP bags Bawana bypoll seat, defeats BJP's Ved Prakash

AAP bags Bawana bypoll seat, defeats BJP's Ved Prakash

PTI
Published : Aug 28, 2017, 1:13 pm IST
Updated : Aug 28, 2017, 2:01 pm IST

Ram Chander bagged 59886 votes while BJP's Ved Prakash got 35834 votes.

The AAP candidate had polled 23,216 votes and Kumar had bagged 21,848 at the end of the 12th round of counting, the Delhi CEO office said. (Photo: PTI/File)
 The AAP candidate had polled 23,216 votes and Kumar had bagged 21,848 at the end of the 12th round of counting, the Delhi CEO office said. (Photo: PTI/File)

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party comfortably retained the Bawana Assembly constituency on Monday, leaping way ahead of the Congress and the BJP, redeeming some lost pride following a string of poll defeats in recent times.

The constituency, situated on the northern periphery of the city, is a mix of slum clusters, villages and has a huge poorvanchali (migrants from east UP, Bihar) voter base, factors which combined to propel the AAP to victory.

The AAP candidate, Ram Chander, bagged 59,886 votes while the BJP, which had fielded AAP turncoat Ved Prakash as its candidate, finished a distant second with 35,834 votes.

Congress's Surender Kumar trailed closely behind with 31,919 votes.

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 Congress's hopes to regain some lost ground in its erstwhile turf were dashed. In the initial few rounds of counting, it appeared that the party would give a tough fight to the AAP, but the AAP surged ahead from around 14th round.

A total of 28 rounds of countings were held. Bawana is one of the largest constituencies in Delhi in terms of the number of voters (2.94 lakh).

The bypoll, which was held on August 23, saw a meagre turnout of 45 per cent. A total of eight candidates were in the fray.

Tags: ram chander, bawana bypoll, surender kumar, aap
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