Bhagwant Mann apologises for alleged security breach of parliament, Speaker says action will follow

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AAP Lok Sabha MP, Bhagwant Mann, on Friday apologised for alleged security breach on Thursday after he live streamed the video of parliament on his Facebook page.

But the Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, said his apology was not enough promising to take action against him.

Mann said, “I met Speaker Madam. I told her that I must be given an opportunity to explain. My intention wasn’t to risk security of the parliament. I never wanted to put the security of Parliament at threat. I apologised in writing. I apologise unconditionally and also assured that this won’t be repeated.”

Mahajan, for her part said, “When he met me, he said he’s ready to apologise but this issue isn’t something that can be resolved by mere apology. All Parliament members are agitated, issue wont be resolved by a simple apology. Its a matter of security of the Parliament.”

Mann on Thursday had filmed a video entering Parliament by crossing several security layers and posted it on social media, inviting attack from MPs across party line, who termed his act as a security breach.

In the video, which went viral, Mann was seen showing entry gate through which MPs enter Parliament House and saying how strong is the security.

Meanwhile, the sources said the Speaker saw the controversial video film last evening and was shocked, wondering if every MP indulges in such an act, how then the dignity of Parliament could be maintained.

Before Mahajan came to the House, a number of MPs from Akali Dal, BJP and Shiv Sena met her and demanded action against Mann, the sources said.

After her meeting with Mann, the Speaker held consultations with Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and some other leaders to take suggestions on the matter.

She also sought details about the protective arrangements from a Parliamentary Committee looking after security of the complex.

A number of members in Lok Sabha, including those from Akali Dal, BJP and Shiv Sena had given notices for Adjournment Motion to discuss the issue.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over the issue, with MPs demanding strong action against Mann, saying he had compromised the security of Parliament.
Due to the uproar, both Houses could not transact any business and had to be adjourned for the day prematurely.

(With agencies inputs)

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