A day after his fiery speech in parliament, which featured a warning for the government that he could face the “revenge of the rolling pin”, Ram Gopal Yadav has been taken back by his Samajwadi Party.
A Samajwadi statement said on Wednesday that Ram Gopal Yadav’s sacking has been revoked by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Ram Gopal Yadav, 70, is the leader of the Samajwadi Party in the Rajya Sabha.
He was expelled from the party for six years last month in the middle of a severe crisis within the Yadav family, which pitted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav against his father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal Yadav months ahead of elections in the state.
After his expulsion, Ram Gopal Yadav also said bitterly that “Mulayam Singh Yadav seems to be jealous of his son’s success.”
Ram Gopal, a former professor of Political Science, is Mulayam Singh’s cousin and is seen to be close to Akhilesh Yadav. He has repeatedly sided with the 43-year-old Chief Minister and said he changed the narrative of the Samajwadi Party, which has often been associated with “goonda raj” or hooliganism.
Despite his sacking, Ram Gopal yesterday represented the Samajwadi Party in a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the government’s sudden ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes last week, and the impact on people who have been forced to wait for hours at ATMs and banks for cash.
Suggesting that the government send its ministers to a village, he said: “The women, they will hit you on the head with a rolling pin.”