Uproar In Rajya Sabha Over AAP MP Bhagwant Mann’s Parliament Video


In a fresh jolt to Delhi’s ruling AAP government, NDA will move a privilege notice against AAP MP from Punjab, Bhagwant Mann on Friday, for filming a video entering Parliament while crossing several security layers and posting it on social media.

Uproar in the Lok Sabha led to its first adjournment within the first 10 minutes.

Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Bhagwant Mann on Thursday 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.

Mr Mann then enters a room where questions to be taken up inside Parliament are being sorted and describes the process. A security official is heard telling him not to take photographs, but he replies: “I’ll not take photo… will maintain confidentiality.”

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in the Rajya Sabha, alleged a “conspiracy by the AAP lawmaker to compromise the security of Parliament” by streaming a video of various layers of screening and checks.

Mr Mann told this morning: “If the (Lok Sabha) Speaker calls me and tells me I have made a mistake then I will apologise and say that I didn’t know.”

He said his intention was not to endanger security but to show people in his constituency in Punjab a glimpse of 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, explaining that he wanted to show people how questions are sorted in the Central Hall.