Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot on Thursday said the party will come to power in the state after the assembly elections later this year, while accusing chief minister Vasundhara Raje of ignoring people’s plight.

He was speaking at the Congress’s ‘Sankalp Rally’ in Dungarpur district’s Sagwara area. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also addressed the rally.

“Congress is going to form the government in Rajasthan and you will feel that it is your own government,” Pilot said.

Training his guns at Raje, he said the chief minister was nowhere to be seen when children died due to malnutrition near Udaipur, infants died in Banswara and farmers committed suicide.

He alleged that law and order situation in Rajasthan had deteriorated during Raje’s tenure.

“Every day 8-10 rapes take place, atrocities against Dalits and others take place and the crime rate has also grown in Rajasthan,” the Congress leader said.

Pilot claimed Raje’s pre-poll tour, ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’, had proved to be a flop with the high court banning the use of public money for it and poor public response.

“People have understood her (Raje). She had a golden opportunity (to serve the people) as her party (BJP) had got a huge mandate (in the last elections) but she betrayed the people,” he said.

Pilot also targeted the chief minister over her claim that Rs 17,000 crore were spent in Jhalawar district, her constituency, during her tenure.

The chief minister should tell where the Rs 17,000 crore went if the collector feels that the district is backward, he said.

Recently, the collector of Jhalawar wrote to the state government demanding that the district be included in the list of backward districts.