Alagiri yet to meet Speaker despite invitation
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Last Updated: Friday, January 01, 2010, 13:25
  
New Delhi: Union Minister M K Alagiri has not met Speaker Meira Kumar despite her invitation to him over a month ago which is being viewed in Parliament circles as being "discourteous".

"Whenever the Speaker sends for someone, that leader or minister does call on the Presiding Officer at the earliest. It has never happened that she has sent for someone and that person has not come for over a month," a senior Lok Sabha official said.

Alagiri, who is Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, was asked by the Speaker to meet her to discuss his request to allow him to speak in Tamil as he was not fluent in Hindi or English.

After the Speaker called the senior DMK leader to meet her, the entire winter session of Parliament passed and, therefore, such behaviour could only be termed as "discourteous", the official said on condition of anonymity.

Just after the session, the Speaker herself had said that she was still awaiting a response from Alagiri to her invitation for discussion.

Article 120 of Constitution recognises only English and Hindi as the official language in Parliament.

Due to language barrier, Alagiri is perhaps the first Cabinet Minister who has reportedly empowered in writing junior minister Srikant Jena to answer questions in Parliament and has sought permission from the Speaker to reply to questions in Tamil.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 01, 2010, 13:25


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