Less than a month after Ram Gopal Yadav was expelled from the Samajwadi Party, he was on Thursday reinstated. A party statement said his expulsion stands annulled effective immediately. He will continue to be the party’s Rajya Sabha leader, its general secretary, spokesperson and member of the central parliamentary board, the statement signed by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, added.
“Yeh toh hona hi tha. Party mein wapsi hai Netaji ki kripa hai. Netaji kabhi mere khilaaf nahi the (This had to happen. My return to the party is thanks to Netaji. Netaji was never against me),” Ram Gopal was quoted saying by news agency ANI. He added he did not work against the party in any manner.
On October 24, the Samajwadi Party, which has not yet fully recovered from its internal rebellion, had expelled Ram Gopal, one of its senior leaders and a strong supporter of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Ram Gopal’s expulsion was seen as retaliation for the sacking of Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam’s younger brother and Akhilesh’s rival, from the state cabinet. Shivpal, at a press conference, had accused Ram Gopal of trying to divide the party at the behest of the BJP.
Earlier this week, the party’s parliamentary board, which had met to select its new Rajya Sabha leader, could not come to a consensus for Ram Gopal’s replacement. SP is the third-largest party in the Rajya Sabha with 19 members. On Wednesday, Ram Gopal had spoken on the currency crisis vilifying the government for its lack of preparedness to deal with the situation.