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Bhagwant Mann in soup over Facebook video, Parliament unites against him

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has taken cognizance of the video that was live streamed by AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on social media showing security spots of Parliament.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 22, 2016 13:18 IST ]
Bhagwant Mann
Image Source : PTI Bhagwant Mann

Political parties across the board united against Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann over his move to livestream video of his movement in parliament and called for action against the lawmaker for a massive security breach.

More than a dozen MPs have put in notice demanding action against Mr Mann and disruptions forced the Lok Sabha to end the day early without any business.

 "I will make a statement in the house to put across my view and apologise," Mr Mann said after the meeting. He never got a chance in the deafening uproar against him.

Both houses of parliament witnessed uproarious scenes on Friday, leading to their adjournment, over the video footage circulated by Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann.

As soon as the house assembled, several BJP members including Kirit Somaiya, R.K. Singh and others including from the Akali Dal were up on their feet demanding action against Mann.

Somaiya demanded Mann be disqualified as an MP, and his party colleague, RK Singh, a former home secretary, said the AAP member has put a question mark on the security of the sensitive complex. He demanded a breach of privilege motion be brought against Mann.

The Shiromani Akali Dal's Naresh Gujaral said in the Rajya Sabha that the video is an "absolutely nonsensical act by the MP".

"This is a matter concerning security of Parliament. The matter must be discussed and action needs to be taken," said minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the Rajya Sabha.

The AAP MP from Sangrur in Punjab wanted to say something but nothing could be heard in the din.

Mann on Thursday shot a video clip of his journey from home to parliament, including going past the various security pickets, and uploaded it on the social media, drawing flak from various quarters for putting Parliament security in peril.

The Speaker summoned Mann to her chamber to explain his position.

The AAP lawmaker later appeared before the Speaker.

The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha also with members including Anand Sharma of the Congress) and Sitaram Yechury of the CPI-M maintaining that the issue amounted to breach of security and privilege of members of Parliament.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too described the matter as serious and said the government and the Lok Sabha Speaker are seized of it.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said there is no doubt about the seriousness of the issue. However, as pandemonium continued for a while, Kurien adjourned the house till 12 noon.

Stating that security of parliament was of paramount importance, Kurien said "the government has to take cognisance of this security violation and take appropriate action."

He went on to point out to the technicalities involved in that process, saying the MP in question was a member of the other House and Lok Sabha Speaker could alone take action against him.

Earlier, outside Parliament, Naqvi told reporters that "the circulation of such video footage was against parliamentary rules at a time when terrorists are looking for opportunities to attack".

"Giving out such sensitive information and video footage of sensitive areas of Parliament is wrong."

In the video that went viral, Mann is seen giving commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades, while going to Parliament. "I'll today show you something you would not have seen earlier," Mann said at the beginning of the video.

Inside Parliament, he goes into the room where the process of selection of questions for the Zero Hour is done. As he describes the process, a security official is heard telling him not to take photographs. "I'll not take photo... will maintain confidentiality," Mann says in his reply.

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