Son of former Prime Minister quits MP position, could join BJP


NEW DELHI: Upset over having been allegedly sidelined, Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar Monday quit his Rajya Sabha membership, said sources.

They said that Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and told him that he was resigning voluntarily.

Shekhar had over a year left of his term in the Rajya Sabha and was to retire in November next year.

There is speculation that he might join the BJP.

Shekhar had been contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Ballia as a Samajwadi Party leader after his father's death.

He lost the 2014 polls and the party sent him to Rajya Sabha. But his demand to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Ballia had been rejected by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav who fielded Sanatan Pandey instead from there.

Though Chandra Shekhar was not in Samajwadi Party, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav never fielded any candidate against him from Ballia.

After Chandra Shekhar death in 2007, Yadav had fielded Neeraj Shekhar from the seat on a Samajwadi Party ticket.