Neeraj Shekhar set to be re-elected unopposed

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LUCKNOW: Neeraj Shekhar, son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, on Wednesday filed his nomination papers as the BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha bypoll from Uttar Pradesh, and is all set to be re-elected unopposed.

“No one trusts the SP leadership now,” the leader, who had recently quit the Samajwadi Party and resigned from the Rajya Sabha seat, told reporters after filing his papers in the presence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP state unit Swatantra Dev Singh and other senior party leaders

Interestingly, senior SP leaders, including MLC Ravi Shankar Singh Pappu who is a close relative of Neeraj Shekhar, were present as he submitted his nomination papers.

Ravi Shankar Singh alias Pappu, when contacted, said he had gone there as a family member. “For me, family is above party politics,” Pappu added.

The bypoll was necessitated due to Neeraj Shekhar’s resignation from Rajya Sabha to join the ruling party. The term of the seat is up to November 25, 2020.

No other candidate has filed nomination, Principal Secretary, UP Assembly, Pradeep Dubey said. Wednesday was the last day of filing of papers for the August 26 Rajya Sabha bypoll.

Scrutiny will be done on August 16 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is August 19.

Neeraj Shekhar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and said that he would try to strengthen the party.

Attacking Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, he said, “No one trusts the SP leadership now. Everyone knows that after the Lok Sabha polls, the leadership is itself in grief and does not want to work on ground.”

On opposition members joining the BJP, Shekhar said, “PM Modi works with full dedication. And, that is why everyone trusts him.

Source: Press Trust of India