Bahraich\Faizabad: Alleging that successive non-Congress governments in Uttar Pradesh had swindled Central funds, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the state needed a Congress dispensation to enable money meant for welfare of the people reach them.

Addressing a string of election rallies, he came down heavily on non-Congress parties saying these had done nothing for development of the state.

The Congress governments had brought a positive change in their party-ruled states like Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Assam, he said.

But, in the past 22 years, successive non-Congress governments had failed to develop Uttar Pradesh, Rahul said.

"They (SP, BSP, BJP) have done nothing except looting government funds," the Congress general secretary said.

"The Congress has given Bundelkhand package, weavers’ package, RTI, RTE and schemes like MNREGA and now the food security\ programme.

"Tell me what these parties have given you," he asked.

"People cast votes, leaders become Chief Ministers and forget the public and this chain is being repeated since the past 22 years," the Gandhi scion said.

"The Centre has been sending maximum funds to UP. But, all this money goes waste because the state government is not putting it to good use," he said.

"In the Samajwadi Party regime, the foodgrain scam took place and during the BSP rule, it is the NRHM scandal," the Congress leader said.

(Agencies)