Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday posted a reaction to the outcome of the by-poll elections in 30 assembly constituencies. In this post, he noted that the results show “the honours are even” between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition parties.

The veteran Congress leader also wondered about the mood of the voters in the 2022 elections in various states including Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

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“Here is a thought provoking analysis of the results of by-elections in 30 assembly constituencies,” Chidambaram wrote on Twitter while noting, “BJP won 7 seats and its declared allies won 8 seats. Congress won 8 seats. Non-BJP parties won 7 seats of which only 1 seat was won by a crypto ally of the BJP, namely YSR Congress. The other 6 seats were won by parties opposed to the BJP.”

“The honours are even today. Which way will the wind blow in 2022? ” he then asked, posing a challenge for the BJP ahead of assembly elections in key states next year, including the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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On Tuesday, the BJP and its allies won 14 assembly seats while the Congress bagged eight out of 29 seats in the latest round of bypolls, with results mostly favouring ruling parties in the states except in Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP lost all three assembly seats and the prestigious Mandi Lok Sabha constituency to the Congress.

In West Bengal, BJP’s arch-rival Trinamool Congress (TMC) won all the four assembly seats including the two it had snatched in the assembly elections.