Neeraj Shekhar, son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday in the presence of its general secretaries Bhupendra Yadav and Anil Jain, a day after he quit Samajwadi Party and also resigned from Rajya Sabha. Neeraj had been contesting Lok Sabha polls from his father's pocket borough Ballia and won twice in 2007 and 2009 but lost in 2014.
The SP then sent him to Rajya Sabha and he was not fielded in the recent Lok Sabha polls by the party. BJP sources said the party is likely nominate him as its candidate for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Though Chandra Shekhar was not in Samajwadi Party, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had never fielded any candidate against him from Ballia.
Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar, who is the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, joins Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav. pic.twitter.com/WhQktfmcxI— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
After Chandra Shekhar's death in 2007, Yadav had fielded Neeraj Shekhar from the seat on a Samajwadi Party ticket.