Ram Gopal back in Samajwadi Party fold, his expulsion revoked
The internal feud of Samajwadi Party’s first family seems to be on the ebb with party’s national President Mulayam Singh Yadav revoking the suspension of SP MP Ram Gopal Yadav with immediate effect.
Ram Gopal has been retained as national general secretary and party’s national spokesman – the posts he was holding before he was expelled.
The indications of SP’s stand vis a vis Ram Gopal Yadav emerged on Wednesday as he not only continues to be the SP leader in the Rajya Sabha, but also spoke there during the debate on demonetisation of high-value notes.
State SP chief Shivpal Yadav on the direction of the party chief had announced Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion from the party on October 23 for writing an open letter to the party cadre on the same day urging them to rally around Akhilesh Yadav terming him as SP’s future.
Besides, without naming Mulayam Singh or Shivpal Yadav, he cast aspersions on their integrity the same day,
Following this, Akhilesh Yadav had dismissed uncle Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet along with three other ministers.
However, the party did not communicate the development to Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
In the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Ram Gopal attacked the NDA government’s decision to demonetize high-value notes on the lines of a resolution adopted by SP Central Parliamentary Board meeting in Lucknow on November 13. Party sources said that the resolution was adopted to pave the way for Ram Gopal’s return to the party.
SP sources said Ram Gopal is likely to retain his status as the `face of the SP in Delhi’.