NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a strong objection to criticism of its MP Bhagwant Mann, who had put a video of Parliament of India on social media, where one could see security check-posts and places inside the main building.
Calling it cheap politics, the party has hit back asking what was so irresponsible in what Mann had done.
“Showing visuals inside the parliament compromises national security? What kind of a joke is that?” party spokesman Ashutosh retorted when some journalists asked him if the party was going to take action against Mann for the act.
“If putting just two minutes of video of parliament can compromise and jeopardize national security, then both Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV should be immediately closed down. Both of them show video of places inside the parliament for hours!” the former journalist argued.
Ashutosh said that when he was a journalist, he had visited parliament many times and he showed TV news reports of those visits.
“Nobody called me or my videos a security threat. Now what has changed? The government! These are signs of undeclared emergency!” he said.
Many other party leaders have also supported Bhagwant Mann and lauded him for bringing transparency into public life. Many experts too agree that what Mann did was not any threat to national security.
“People can watch roads leading to the parliament on Google Maps and Lok Sabha TV shows visuals from inside the parliament. So what’s the big deal? This is sensationalism at its worst and the media should avoid targeting Mann,” neutral analyst Abhay Kumar Dubey told Junta Ka Reporter.
AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal too has come out in support of his MP and claimed that perhaps Modi was scared that the video of Mann could have recorded video of him and Sonia Gandhi talking secretly inside the parliament.
“First he banned me from keeping my mobile phone while meeting him as he feared that I will make a sting video, and now he is angry with Mann. Modi is coward, aur sab mile huye hain,” he later tweeted.