New Delhi, May 31: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there were “valuable lessons” to be learned from the results of the bypolls across the country, in a reference to the need for a united opposition for the 2019 general elections. Also Read - Signs of Rift in Maharashtra Coalition as State Battles Multiple Challenges? Uddhav Thackeray Meets Alliance Partners

“Congratulations to all the winners in the by polls, across India. Valuable lessons to be learnt from the victories and defeats for all parties,” tweeted Gandhi. “I want to thank all the workers and leaders of the Congress party for their hard work and dedication in these elections. God bless you all,” he added. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch



A united opposition got a major boost on Thursday when it delivered a huge blow to the BJP, defeating it in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election in Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra while the saffron party managed to retain the Palghar parliamentary seat and win only one out of the 10 Assembly bypolls in 10 states.



Of the 10 assembly seats where by-polls were held last Thursday, the BJP scored just one in Uttarakhand while the Congress won Punjab’s Shahkot, Karnataka’s RR Nagar and Meghalaya’s Ampati that made it the single largest party in the northeastern state.

Ahead of next year’s general elections, a united opposition got a major boost on Thursday when it delivered a huge blow to the BJP, defeating it in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election in Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra while the saffron party managed to retain the Palghar parliamentary seat and win only one out of the 10 Assembly seats in 10 states. Out of the four Lok Sabha constituencies that voted on May 24, the Nagaland Lok Sabha constituency returned the candidate of the ruling Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a BJP ally, who defeated the Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate.