AAP leaders defend Mann, say similar videos available on Lok Sabha website

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) On a day Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann apologised to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for live streaming a video of Parliament House complex on his Facebook page, his party on Friday sought to defend him.

“To those making a hue and cry about Mann’s video, such videos and information are already available on the Lok Sabha website,” Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab incharge Sanjay Singh tweeted.

In a series of tweets, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have united to get the Lok Sabha membership of Mann cancelled.

“The Congress and BJP are scared of the AAP; that is why they have united to get his (Mann’s) Lok Sabha membership cancelled. When will they unite to talk about the Dalits and farmers?” the AAP leader asked.

Reacting to AAP rivals’ comments that Mann, the party MP from Sangrur in Punjab, was a threat to national security, Singh said: “(BJP parliamentarians) Yogi Adityanath, Sakshi Maharaj and Giriraj Singh are the biggest threat to the national security. Mann will be booked under the National Security Act: is this justice?”

Another AAP leader Alka Lamba sarcastically said that membership of lawmakers was not be cancelled when they were caught watching porn or caught on camera while accepting bribes.

“When is the membership (of parliamentarians) not cancelled? When a member is caught watching porn in the house or accepting cash to raise questions in the house or disrupt its proceedings,” she tweeted.

Mann on Thursday shot a video clip of his journey from home to Parliament House, including movement past various security check points, and posted it on the social media, drawing flak from various quarters for putting Parliament complex security in danger.

He apologised to the Lok Sabha Speaker and removed the video from Facebook.



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