Bhagwant Mann suspended from Lok Sabha
Bhagwant Mann suspended from Lok Sabha

Bhagwant Mann, who live-streamed his arrival at parliament last week, triggering outrage among other MPs who said he willfully jeopardised security, has been told not to attend the Lok Sabha till a decision is made about how he should be penalised.

According to a NDTV report, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has reportedly advised Mr Mann, who belongs to the Aam Aadmi Party and represents Punjab, to stay away from the House for now.

"I had given the written apology to the speaker, perhaps it wasn't enough," Mr Mann said, adding that "all parties ganged up against the AAP in parliament."

"Decision is not against Bhagwant Mann but my party which is opposing Modi government's policies," the AAP lawmaker said.

Bhagwant Mann submitted what he described as "an unconditional apology" to Ms Mahajan last week with little effect. She said it was "not enough"; a committee of nine members will now investigate the incident.

On Thursday, Mr Mann live-streamed on a Facebook his car entering parliament from the gate which was used in a terror attack in 2001 in which nine people were shot dead along with five terrorists. The AAP leader said his intent was to allow his constituency to sample his routine as a parliamentarian.

He is heard saying "Now I will show you something you have never seen before" as he introduces the video, which was first live streamed, then posted on his Facebook page as a 12-minute clip before it was blocked on Friday.

Bhagwant Mann also filmed the room where questions are selected from a host submitted by MPs for discussion in the Zero Hour that begins the day's proceedings.

After initial defiance - he vowed to post another video the next day - Mr Mann expressed his remorse. The Speaker has said that she is also looking into complaints from those assigned seats near him that he reeks of alcohol. "I do not come to parliament drunk," Mr Mann said on Friday. (Courtesy : NDTV)


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