New Delhi: Amid an uproar, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on Friday tendered an unconditional apology for livestrem of Parliament after he was summoned by Lok Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who will consult political parties for “appropriate action” into the “serious” matter.
Mr. Mann was pulled up by the Speaker when he appeared before her at 11 am, sources in her office said.
As the issue rocked both Houses of Parliament with MPs demanding strong action against him, the Lok Sabha member from Sangrur said he had made the “mistake inadvertently” and that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament.
In his apology letter submitted to the Speaker, Mr. Mann said when he was coming to the House to attend Zero Hour, he had made the video by mistake as “I did not know that it is against the rules“.
Contending that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament, he said, “I apologise unconditionally. I will not repeat it in future.”
The Speaker, however, was not impressed by his apology, saying it was “too serious” a matter considering that Parliament has been attacked by terrorists once.
“When he (Mann) met me, he said he is ready to apologise, but the issue isn’t something that can be resolved by mere apology,” Ms. Mahajan told reporters.
“All members are agitated. It is a matter of security of the Parliament. I would have taken a prompt decision if it had been inside the House. It is a serious issue. I am talking to everyone as to what action should be taken,” she said.
She said this matter is above ethics or privilege as it concerns the security of Parliament and MPs who are the representatives of the people.
In this context, the Speaker noted that Parliament complex has already been attacked by terrorists on December 13, 2001 in which 13 people lost their lives.