Over three weeks after Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party chief Shivpal Yadav expelled Ramgopal Yadav from the party, accusing him of being hand-in-glove with the BJP, the latter continues to be SP’s floor leader in Rajya Sabha, adding a twist to the family feud within the SP.
Sources in the Rajya Sabha secretariat confirmed that it has not yet received any communication from the SP conveying that Yadav had been expelled or regarding nomination of a new floor leader.
Yadav on Wednesday sat on his usual seat, designated for the party’s floor leader, and participated in the discussion on demonetisation.
Interestingly, Yadav mentioned SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav several times, referring to him as ‘netaji’. Most party MPs, including veterans like Rewati Raman Singh, Raman Singh and Naresh Agrawal, were present in the House when Yadav spoke on behalf of the SP.
Yadav, who was accused by his party of hobnobbing with the BJP, hit out at the BJP-led central government over the problems people were facing due to demonetisation and the restrictions imposed on withdrawal of money from banks and ATMs.
He said the demonetisation move has led to anger on the streets and that the law and order situation is on the verge of breaking down.
Referring to the government’s claims that people have appreciated the move, he said: “If you (BJP) go to villages to seek votes…women will beat you up with belans. Do not hold elections immediately…the women will beat you up so much that your workers will have to apply turmeric on their back,” he said.
Claiming that such a situation had not arisen even during the Emergency, he recalled how leaders like Sharad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and “many people from our RSS” were in jail and he and others would deliver them food. “But in this emergency, the common man who has money is standing outside banks like a beggar,” he said.
Yadav said the information regarding withdrawal of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes was leaked in advance. “There is a scam in this… And a probe is needed, because it (the leakage) has defeated your intention,” he said, adding that a joint parliamentary committee could be constituted for the probe.