Jadab Lal Debnath, a Tripura MLA from the ruling BJP, was caught on camera watching obscene video on his phone during the just finished Assembly session.
Rajib Bhattacharya, BJP Tripura state president, told IANS that the party will shortly issue a notice to him and demand clarification.
A video showing Nath watching a video while the session was in progress went viral on social media, prompting outrage and calls for punishment against the politician. Netizens called the behaviour “shameful.”
According to the viral footage, the MLA was on his phone watching some indecent stuff. The newly formed Tripura Assembly had its first three-day session on March 24 and March 27-28.
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Criticizing the BJP MLA, opposition leader Animesh Debbarma stated that all lawmakers are responsible individuals whose actions should not set a terrible precedence for others, particularly the younger generations. Debbarma urged that the legislator be held accountable.
The CPI(M) and Congress both condemned Nath and sought harsh punishment for him.
“Operation of mobile phones inside the Assembly is restricted. We should all concentrate on the proceedings and business of the House.. Despite this, Nath watched the porn video damaging the reputations of the House,” Birajit Sinha, state Congress chief and one of the three party MLAs was quoted by IANS in its report.
He stated that if the BJP has any moral compass, it must take action against Nath.
The BJP Lawmaker refuted the claims when reached by IANS. “I will talk to the Assembly Speaker (BiswaBandhu Sen) and state Party President (Rajib Bhattacharjee) and then I will take next course of actions,” Nath stated.
Nath was voted to the state Assembly for the first time in February 2016 from the Bagbassa seat in north Tripura. The 55-year-old man is also the Secretary of the Tripura state unit of the BJP.
(With Inputs From IANS)