Samajwadi MP Neeraj Shekhar quits as RS member, Naidu accepts resignation

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Neeraj Shekhar (third from left) with SP leaders Mulayalam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Dharmendra Yadav. File Photo/PTI

Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar on Monday resigned as member of the Rajya Sabha and his resignation was accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, sources said.

Shekhar, the son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, met Naidu and told him he is resigning voluntarily and not under any compulsion, the sources said.

It is being speculated that Shekhar might join the BJP. He first became a member of the Lok Sabha in 2008 in the by-elections for Ballia constituency. The following year, he won again from the same constituency.

He had been a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh since November 26, 2014, and was due to retire on November 25, 2020.