Alagiri’s language ‘woes’: Speaker to the rescue

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.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2010 12:28:02 am

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 Karunanidhi.

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.

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