Congress suffered a humiliating defeat in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura polls, the results for which were declared today.
The BJP wrested Tripura, the last Left bastion, and received invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, while Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly.
"I do not think he (Rahul Gandhi) has failed. Give him time as he has just become the president (of Congress party)...It is not his defeat," Mr Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu.
"He will take time to grow in the organisation. Elections come and go," he said.
The National Conference was part of the previous UPA-led coalition at the centre.