A video of Parliament live-streamed on Facebook by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann united political parties in strong condemnation and calls for action against the lawmaker for a massive security breach.
Lawmakers on both sides of the house referred to the 2001 terror attack in Parliament as they demanded that the AAP MP from Punjab, a stand-up comedian, be penalized for streaming on social media the video showing various layers of screening and checks.
The video, complained Congress MP Anand Sharma, has not been blocked yet even though members of the ruling party have demanded action against Mr Mann.
“The issue of Mann’s video is serious. Some kind of action should be taken as 13 people had laid down their lives protecting Parliament,” said Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who summoned Mr Mann and asked him to explain.
“I will make a statement in the house to put across my view and apologise,” said Mr Mann after meeting the Speaker. He didn’t stand a chance in the deafening uproar against him.
In the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged a “conspiracy by the AAP lawmaker to compromise the security of Parliament and reveal details to anti-national elements”.