Bhagwant Mann video row: LS Speaker seeks report on Parliament security, may summon AAP MP
Bhagwant Mann has been accused of violating Parliament security rules by live streaming a video security pickets inside the Parliament House complex on Thursday.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has sought a detailed report on the security of Parliament on Friday after AAP MP Bhagwant Mann live streamed a video of various security pickets inside the Parliament House complex on the social media yesterday.
Mann, who has been accused of violating Parliament security rules, shot a video clip of his journey from home to Parliament House and uploaded it on Face Book, drawing flak from various quarters for putting Parliament's security in peril.
Head of the Parliament security, RK Singh reported the matter to the Speaker after which Sumitra Mahajan took cognizance of the video. The Speaker has also sought a report from the security staff on the alleged security breach.
Mahajan in her remarks earlier inside the House has said that it is the responsibility of every member to respect and maintain dignity of Parliament.
Hitting out at Mann, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "One should not play with the security of Parliament. Making such videos viral is not the right thing to do."
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said, "It needs to be verified if it was act of foolishness or was done under influence of some agencies."
However, Mann was unperturbed by the criticism and said that he would put another video on social media on Friday as well.
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“Kya mere video se sansad khatre me aa gaya (Has Parliament come in danger by my video),” Mann asked, when confronted by the media.
He said that he also wanted to show the public how questions for Zero Hour are sorted in the Central Hall before the day's proceedings begin.
“There are so many big cameras around here. I will post a video again tomorrow (Friday), let me be served a notice,” he said.
In the video Mann is seen giving commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades, while going to the Parliament. "I'll today show you something you would not have seen earlier," Mann said in the beginning of the video.
Inside the Parliament premises, 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 said in his reply.
In the video, he says that the process is entirely transparent and shows how the lucky draw is carried out to select the questions. At one point, he is also heard saying: "It is going live."