Anurag Thakur expresses regret over using mobile in LS

RSTV Bureau

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sent out a stern warning to members against using mobile phones inside the House after BJP member Anurag Thakur expressed regret for allegedly shooting opposition protests in the Well using his mobile two days ago.

Some opposition members had complained about Thakur shooting video of their protests in the Well on July 24 and AAP member Bhagwant Mann had written a letter in this regard to the Speaker.

BJP MP Anurag Thakur speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday

BJP MP Anurag Thakur speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday

While stating that nothing has come to her notice, Mahajan said if someone had done so, then it is condemnable.

“If you have done it, then you have to tender an apology (to the House),” she said.

Thereafter, Thakur gave a statement and expressed regret.

“If someone has objections to my mobile, then I express my regret,” Thakur said amid noisy protests by opposition members.

A visibly peeved Mahajan warned against such actions in the future.

“I am warning you…The mistake should not be repeated,” she told the member.      On July 24, Mahajan had suspended six Congress members from attending the House for five days after they threw papers towards the Chair.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan talking to the media at the ongoing monsoon session at Parliament

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan talking to the media at the ongoing monsoon session at Parliament

July 24, Mahajan had suspended six Congress members from attending the House for five days after they threw papers towards the Chair.

During those protests in the Well, it was alleged that Thakur had shot the scenes using his mobile phone.

As the House met after adjournment at 1245 hours, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to know why action was not being taken against Thakur whereas Mann had faced suspension for two sessions for shooting video outside the House but in the Parliament complex.