Lucknow, July 16 -- In a big setback to Samajwadi Party, former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar's son and Rajya Sabha member Neeraj Shekhar resigned from the membership of the Upper House of Parliament and also the party on Monday.

Neeraj Shekhar's Rajya Sabha term was to end on November 25, 2020. He is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu accepted the resignation.

Shekhar said he had resigned voluntarily and not under any compulsion.

Sources in the Samajwadi Party said party's member of Legislative Council, Ravi Shankar Pappu, nephew of late Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar and cousin of Neeraj Shekhar was also likely to resign from the membership of the Council and join the BJP.

He was elected...