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Bhagwant Mann apologizes; welcomes inquiry

22 Jul 2016 | Written by Supriya Kaur; Edited by Gaurav

AAP MP, Bhagwant Mann, today changed tact from his defiant stance yesterday.

He offered an unconditional apology for recording and uploading the video; he was also willing to co-operate with any investigation conducted by a committee of law makers.

Today in the Lok Sabha, treasury benches were up in arms and along with opposition parties demanded a privilege notice be served on Mann.

In context: Bhagwant Mann, AAP MP, in soup over video

WhoWho is Bhagwant Mann?

Bhagwant Mann is a 42 year old member of Parliament from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He represents the Sangrur constituency, Punjab, in the Lok Sabha.

He joined active politics in 2011 and has been affiliated with AAP since 2014.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he won by a record margin of 200,000 votes by defeating a prominent leader of Shiromani Akali Dal.

Not just a politician!

Bhagwant Mann started his career as a comedian and earned much success for his comic skits on social issues, politics and comedy TV shows. He also set up an NGO, Lok Lehar Foundation, that helps children with deformities caused due to toxic groundwater in Punjab.
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21 Jul 2016Bhagwant Mann triggers uproar by video on Parliament complex

In order to allow his constituency an insight into parliamentary proceedings, Bhagwant Mann recorded and uploaded to Facebook an extensive 12 minute video of the Parliament complex.

The video shows Parliament's security pickets and the room where questions for Zero hour are screened.

All parties were furious with Mann's 'highly irresponsible' act. However, he remained unapologetic and defiant and insisted he would post again.

Why the uproar?

The Indian Parliament was the target of a terrorist attack in 2001; 8 security personnel lost their lives. Since then, stringent rules were drafted to ensure only certain areas of the Parliament can be filmed by the press and others.

22 Jul 2016Bhagwant Mann apologizes; welcomes inquiry

24 Jul 2016AAP MP accuses Mann of being drunk in Parliament

Suspended AAP MP Harinder Khalsa, added to the woes of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann by accusing him of being drunk in Parliament on several occasions.

Khalsa said he would feel nauseous at times in the House due to the unbearable "stink" of alcohol coming from Bhagwant Mann.

Mann has tendered an apology to speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who is still considering taking action against him.

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25 Jul 2016Mann barred from Parliament pending probe

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann has been barred from participating in Parliament pending a probe initiated into allegations of security breach and inebriation against him.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has formed a committee to look into the allegations against Mann and recommend suitable action against him.

So far there has been no official response from the AAP or Mann over the development.

02 Aug 2016MPs ask Speaker to send Mann to rehab

Several MPs in Lok Sabha have written to speaker Sumitra Mahajan, requesting that she should direct AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to go through drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the Lok Sabha's expense.

They also requested that Mann should not be allowed to attend Parliament until he completes his rehabilitation.

The request was also supported by suspended AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa.

04 Aug 2016Mann barred from Lok Sabha for 2 weeks

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to abstain from parliamentary proceedings for 2 weeks.

She added that the parliamentary panel would extend its investigation into Mann's transgressions by another 2 weeks.

Panel Chairman Kirit Somaiya said that he sought more time as more witnesses are needed to be examined before the panel could arrive at a decision.

19 Aug 2016Mann probe panel granted extension

The parliamentary probe panel which was looking into the Bhagwant Mann videography incident has been given an extension until late November.

Panel chairman Kirit Somaiya said that Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had granted an extension until the first week of the Winter Session of Parliament.

The panel is expected to deliver its verdict in 2 parts: on Mann's transgression and on possible corrective measures.

25 Nov 2016Mann rejects request to appear before Parliamentary panel

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann who is under investigation for breaching security protocols at the Parliamentary complex has rejected a request to appear before the investigating panel this week.

Mann said he is campaigning for the elections in Punjab and "he will be there for the November 28 hearing."

Kirit Somaiya who is heading the panel said Mann was "summoned" not "requested."