Day after resigning from Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party Leader Neeraj Shekhar joins BJP

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Former Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar, who is the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, joined Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav. Neeraj Shekhar joined the team saffron a day after resigning from the Upper House of the Parliament.

While minutes after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, Neeraj Shekhar met BJP Working President JP Nadda.

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While earlier in the day Neeraj Shekhar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. He had also met Amit Shah, BJP President on Monday that sparked political buzz about him joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Shekhar, on Tuesday, was also seen with BJP MP Anurag Thakur in the Parliament complex earlier in the morning.

Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar on Monday tendered his resignation from the Upper House of the Parliament which was later accepted by Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister and socialist leader Chandra Shekhar, was elected to the Rajya Sabha after he unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha Polls 2014 from Ballia Parliamentary Seat. Shekhar’s term in the Upper House is slated to end in November next year.

Shekhar, a two-time Lok Sabha MP, was first elected to Lok Sabha in a by-polls in Ballia in 2007 after his father’s death. Shekhar managed to retain Ballia Lok Sabha Seat in the 2009 national polls. However, he got defeated in 2014 after which Samajwadi Party picked him for the Upper House of the Parliament.

In the national polls 2019, Samajwadi Party named former legislator Sanatan Pandey who eventually lost the Ballia seat. However, Sources claimed Shekhar had been feeling sidelined after being ignored for the Ballia ticket.

It should be noted that post-poll verdict, prior to this, 4 Rajya Sabha Member of Chandrababu Naidu‘s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) merged the party with the ruling BJP in the Upper House of the Parliament.

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