LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party’s first-time MLA Atul Pradhan was suspended on Tuesday after being found live-streaming the proceedings of the House on social media when his party MLAs were protesting against alleged irregularities in Rampur bypolls. Speaker Satish Mahana initially suspended him for the entire session but on the request of senior SP MLAs, he agreed to reduce it till 1 pm on Tuesday.
As the proceedings began on the second day on Tuesday, SP MLAs jumped into the well alleging grave irregularities in bypolls in Rampur and Mainpuri. Rampur, Khatauli along with Mainpuri went to bypolls on December 5 after the three seats fell vacant. As the protest of SP MLAs was on, Sardhana MLA Atul Pradhan started live-streaming the ruckus on his Facebook account.
The Speaker tried to pacify the agitated SP members, but in vain. Failing which, he adjourned the House for 30 minutes. During the adjournment, the Speaker came to know about the live-streaming by Pradhan.
Later, when the House reassembled, the Speaker said that he came to know after an inquiry that an SP member was live-streaming the processings on Facebook. “Such an act is not acceptable. The member has been identified as Sardhana MLA Atul Pradhan,” the Speaker said and added that since it was a grave violation, the MLA would remain suspended from the whole session. Pradhan immediately left the House after this.
Several senior SP members, however, intervened and requested the Speaker to be lenient to Atul as he was a first-time member and unaware of the House decorum. An annoyed Speaker said that ignorance couldn’t be an excuse for violation. However, the SP members kept on requesting. Finally, accepting their request, the Speaker said that instead of the whole session, Pradhan would remain suspended for the whole day on Tuesday.
Senior SP leader Lalji Varma then urged the Speaker to be lenient . Conceding to Varma’s request, Mahana then ordered his suspension till 1 PM.





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