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Bhagwant Mann apologises for live-streaming route to Parliament, speakers says not enough

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 July 2016, 16:05 IST

After threatening to make another Parliament video, Aam Aadmi Pary's MP Bhagwant Mann has finally tendered his apology to the speaker of Lok Sabha for risking the security of the Parliament. Mann, who live-streamed the way to Parliament showing security pickets along the way, has come under attack from all parties.

He was summoned by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today. Following which, he told ANI that he has tendered an apology for his act. He was quoted by the media as saying: "I did it unknowingly and have written an apology letter to the Lok Sabha speaker."

However, Mahajan was quoted by media as saying: "A committee will be formed, an apology is not enough, since all party members are upset,"

Following this development, the contentious video was also removed from his page.

According latest reports, a complaint has been registered against Sangrur MP at Parliament Street Police station.

Parliament was adjourned till Monday following ruckus over Mann's video and the need to take action against him. Members of Lok Sabha demanded that he must be expelled for compromising the Parliament's security.

There was chaos in the Lower House earlier amid slogans of 'Mann ko barkhaast karo'.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Maheish Giri and Kirit Somaiya had earlier given a privilege notice against Mann to Lok Sabha Speaker.

"Thirteen people have laid down their lives for security of Parliament once. I know the matter is serious, I'll see to it," Mahajan said in the Lok Sabha.

Criticizing Mann, BJP MP Somaiya demanded that he should be disqualified as an MP.

Somaiya's party colleague and former home secretary RK Singh said that the AAP MP has put a question mark on the security of the sensitive complex.

The Lok Sabha Speaker had earlier summoned and chastised Mann for his video, which breached all of Parliament's security protocols.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha with leaders of various political parties demanding action against the AAP MP.

Stating this is as a matter concerning the Parliament's security, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas said this matter must be discussed and action should be initiated against him.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also expressed her ire over the incident and said the security of Parliament was of paramount importance.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujaral on his party dubbed the issue as an absolutely nonsensical act by Mann.

The AAP lawmaker from Punjab, a popular stand-up comedian, has been accused of compromising the security of Parliament by streaming a video of various layers of screening and checks.

Mann has maintained that it was not his intention to endanger the security of Parliament or its members, and claimed that he only wanted to show the people in his constituency in Punjab a glimpse of the Parliament and its functioning.

"My people accuse me of not raising their issues in the House. When I told them that questions to be taken up are decided by a draw of lots and only 20 MPs can get their questions in, they did not believe me," he said while explaining that he wanted to show people how questions are sorted in the Central Hall.

With inputs from ANI

First published: 22 July 2016, 16:05 IST