New Delhi: Union minister M K Alagiri
will no longer have to fight shy of Parliament on the ground
that he is not well-versed in English or Hindi.
An arrangement has now been worked out by Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar by which the minister would be able to
face Parliament effectively.
The Speaker has told him that he could answer main
question by reading out the reply in English and the
supplementaries could be fielded by his deputy Srikant Jena.
Parliament sources described it as a "fair solution"
as it would solve the language problem being faced by Alagiri,
a senior DMK leader and son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Alagiri had been keeping away from the Lok Sabha and
the Rajya Sabha for most of the time as he is not comfortable
speaking in English or Hindi and wants to speak in Tamil.
The Speaker had sometime back sent in for Alagiri in
the wake of his request to allow him to answer questions in
Tamil in Parliament. But he had not met her for several
His was perhaps a unique case in Parliament with
hardly there being any precedent of such requests to the
The Monsoon Session of Parliament would commence on
July 26 which is expected to see the arrangement in action.
The Budget Session had seen Opposition creating a
ruckus in both Houses over the absence of Alagiri and in the
Lok Sabha, members did not allow Jena to reply.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had led the attack
complaining over the frequent absence of the minister in the