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Updated: April 23, 2010 17:48 IST

Where is Alagiri, asks Meira Kumar

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File photo of Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister M.K. Alagiri.
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File photo of Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister M.K. Alagiri.

A day after Opposition raised questions over “perpetual” absence of Union Minister M.K. Alagiri from Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday said that even she had not received any communication about his whereabouts.

“We have received no communication from him. Whenever he (Alagiri) comes, I will ask him what his problem is, I will try to resolve... I am here to resolve,” the Speaker told reporters here.

She indicated her unhappiness over the behaviour of the Union Chemical and Fertilizer Minister saying that Parliament runs on courtesy and decorum.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other ministers are very particular about it (courtesy and decorum). Whenever they go, they always inform my office.”

The opposition had created ruckus in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour on Thursday and did not allow Mr. Alagiri’s junior Srikant Jena to reply to a question.

Sushma Swaraj had led the attack saying “we haven’t seen (Mr.) Alagiri for a year. He is perpetually absent from Parliament. And as far our knowledge he also does not attend the Cabinet meetings.

“We want to know where is (Mr.) Alagiri,” Ms. Swaraj had said.

It is believed that the DMK minister is shying away from Parliament as he is not comfortable speaking in English or Hindi and wants to speak in Tamil.

The matter came up in the Rajya Sabha also as the Opposition stalled the Question Hour for some time over Mr. Alagiri’s absence.

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