NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant MannAam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann may be suspended from membership of the Lok Sabha for filming his journey past the multi-layered Parliament security cordon and later posting it on social media.
As the matter came to light, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan summoned Mann to her chamber on Friday morning and pulled him up. Though Mann apologised, Mahajan said she would consult lead¬ers of all political parties and decide on what action has to be taken.
“It is a serious issue. I am talking to eve¬ryone on what action should be taken. All Parliament members are agitated. This is¬sue would not be resolved by a simple apology,” Mahajan told reporters when asked to comment on Mann’s video.
“It is a case of grave misdemeanour, a case of breach of security by a member of Parliament. Examples need to be set. He may be suspended for the remaining part of the session,” a highly-placed source said.
The source said the Speaker was livid with Mann as he was not reachable over phone on Thursday evening when the Lok Sabha Secretariat tried to contact him. “He was speaking to the media but was not avail¬able to Lok Sabha officials,” the source said.
After expressing regret, Mann sought another appointment with the Speaker to tender a written apology, but the Speaker was in no mood for another meeting and conveyed to him to submit his letter before the Lok Sabha Secretariat. “I never wanted to put the security of Parliament at threat. I have apologised in writing,” Mann said.
Making matters worse, a fellow Parlia¬mentarian, Harinder Singh Khalsa, has asked the Speaker for change of seat. Khalsa sits next to Mann in the Lok Sabha.
In a letter to the Speaker, Khalsa said the member with division number 496 (Mann) who sits next to him reeks of alcohol which makes it difficult for him to even breathe. “At times I feel that I may vomit (sic),” Khal¬sa, who was suspended from the AAP, told reporters.
Before the Lok Sabha convened for the day, several members from the Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and the BJP met the Speaker and demanded action against Mann. In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded action against Mann.
BJP MPs Maheish Girri and Kirit So¬maiya, Shiv Sena members Anand Adsul, Chandrakant Khaire and Shrikant Shin¬de, and Akali Dal member Prem Singh Chandumajra had given notices for sus¬pension of Question Hour. Some members also submitted notices to move breach of privilege motion against Mann.