It took just three minutes for Rupali Dixit to convince the Samajwadi Party chief to give her a ticket to contest the assembly elections from Fatehabad. Or so she says. His pitch to the SP included a mention of his resentment against the BJP candidate over a video clip in which he allegedly insulted his father – who is in jail for murder – and the Thakur community.
Seeking revenge for the “insult”, she said she does not believe in casteism and wants transparent and fair allocation in government schemes for the poor from all communities. I met SP President Akhilesh Yadav and he asked me what I wanted. I said that I want to fight against BJP candidate Chhotelal Verma because of the objectionable remark, and I also promise you that I will win this seat.
The SP apparently dropped the candidate it had previously chosen for the 34-year-old law graduate, who also has two master’s degrees from universities in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Symbiosis in Pune, she went abroad to pursue an MBA from Cardiff University and an MA in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Leeds. Dixit then worked for three years in a multinational firm in Dubai.
His father Ashok Dixit, who once contested on an SP ticket, is now 75 years old and has been in jail since 2007. When he, his uncle and three other relatives were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Firozabad court in 2015 for the murder of a school teacher. Suman Dubey decided to leave the job of MNC and return.
Ashok Dixit, once considered to be a Bahubali or Bahubali, first contested in 1996 on an SP ticket and then in 2002 as a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. He contested as an independent in 2007, before his arrest in the same year. He lost all three times.
After a call from my father, I came back to India in 2015 to take over my family and its business,” said Rupali Dixit. Coming back home, he studied law and earned a degree to help his father in the case against him. To fulfill my father’s dream, Fatehabad is his ‘karmabhoomi’.
Dixit first tried his luck with the Bharatiya Janata Party. “After my return, I started working and meeting people for my constituency. She said that I joined BJP in 2017 and campaigned for its candidate Jitendra Verma, who also won the election.
This time, he tried to get a ticket for himself, but the BJP chose a man whom it alleged had taken his father’s name. “I was very upset when BJP fielded former MLA Chhotelal Verma from Fatehabad seat in this election,” she said.
After that, I was determined to teach him a lesson and fight against him to avenge the humiliation of my father and the people of the Thakur community, she said. “After my ticket for the seat is finalised, I am going to visit and meet my people in every village of the constituency. My goal is to bring transparency and provide benefits of government schemes to everyone, whether they support me or not,” she said.
“In my constituency, girls who want to study in Agra city are not able to travel due to transport problems. I will solve this issue. She said that I want to encourage the youth to get educated and become self-reliant. He said that the stray cattle destroying the crops is another problem in the area.
“My aim would be to work for all, as the district collectors do. I will not work as an MLA, I will work as a DM,” she promised.