AAP’s Mann compromise security at parliament

July 22, 2016 14:51
AAP’s Mann compromise security at parliament

Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann, Live streamed of himself in facebook, driving into Parliament complex and exposing what is, perhaps, the most secured government complex in the country, to a potential attack. Mann, thought it wise to shoot an entire sequence of how he enters Parliament, how many security personnel are present at each check post and where all barricades are present, shifting his camera to frame security personnel every time they were present.

Eight security personnel and a gardener lost their lives, when the parliament came under terrorist attack in 2001 and it is unbecoming of an MP to misuse his privileges and expose the security arrangements to the enemies.

In the 12-minute video, Mr Mann, 42, gives a running commentary as his SUV crosses security check-points while entering Parliament. "Today I'll show you something you have never seen before," he says. After entering Parliament, the MP walks into a room where questions are selected for Zero Hour and describes the process to his "viewers".

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 says in his reply.

Mr Mann said his intention was to show people who voted for him 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 are decided by a draw of lots but they did not believe me," he said.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh, said: "Mann endangered the lives of all parliamentarians, prime minister, vice president and other people too."

In the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accused Mr Mann of a "conspiracy to compromise the security of Parliament and reveal details to anti-national elements".

Congress leader Anand Sharma questioned why the government, despite its demands for action, had not yet made any move or even blocked the video.

"I will make a statement in the house to put across my view and apologise," said Mr Mann after meeting the Speaker.

"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.

“Bhagwant Mann said that he will do it again. He must be suspended with immediate effect,” BJP MP RK Singh demanded.

By Premji

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