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'Baffled' Congress, BJP doing drama over Mann's video: AAP

Updated: Jul 22, 2016 19:03 IST

Chandigarh, July 22 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is being cornered after party MP Bhagwant Mann stoked a controversy after uploading a video showing security spots of Parliament, on Friday said that both the Congress and BJP are baffled with their progress and are creating issue out of a non-issue.

Speaking to ANI, AAP's Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh said that both the Congress and BJP have been indulging in drama since yesterday.

"The BJP, which is being cornered after atrocities were carried out on Dalits in Gujarat and its leader used controversial and objectionable words against Mayawati, is trying to divert the issue and doesn't want the Parliament to have discussion on those sensitive and important issues," he said.

"Both the BJP and Congress are currently baffled seeing the progress and development of the AAP in the entire country. And as a result, both have joined hands and are creating issue out of a non issue," he added.

The AAP leader further said that every TV channel daily show ministers as to how they reach the Parliament and the other things.

"So, why a drama is being created and so much hype is being created. The intention behind Mann's video was to urge the Prime Minister and the Speaker to extend the session of the Parliament and allow all the Member of Parliaments to talk about their constituencies and its issues," he said.

Mann earlier in the day tendered an unconditional apologised to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

However, Speaker Mahajan refused to accept Mann's apology.

All Parliament members are agitated, issue won't be resolved by a simple apology. It's a matter of security of the Parliament," Mahajan said, adding that she was speaking to members across parties on what action could be taken. She also mentioned that she would have taken a 'prompt decision' had it been inside Lok Sabha. "When he met me, he said he's ready to apologise but this issue isn't something that can b resolved by mere apology."

The Punjab MP was summoned by Mahajan after many MPs demanded strong action against him. After his meeting with Mahajan, Mann said that he did not want to risk the security of Parliament. "I apologise unconditionally and assure that this won't be repeated," Mann said, speaking to reporters outside Parliament. According to reports, he was ready to apologise in writing.

Prior to the meeting, Mann defended himself saying he recorded the video to explain the process of questioning in Zero Hour to his constituents. He said that people in his constituency complained that their issues were not being raised in the Parliament.

Leaders in both the Houses of the Parliament strongly condemned the incident and demanded strong action against the comedian-turned MP. BJP members even demanded a breach of privilege motion to be moved against Mann. (ANI)

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