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Rajya Sabha proceedings stalled again as protests continue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm today as opposition parties continued their protests over multiple issues including India's biggest fraud, special package to and Cauvery water dispute.

Soon after the House mourned the death of a former member and the paramilitary personnel killed in a naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, and listed papers were laid on the table, MPs of opposition parties trooped into the Well shouting slogans.

While the and led the charge against the fraud in the Punjab National Bank, parties carried banners demanding immediate constitution of Cauvery Water Management Board to split the river water between Karanataka and

Members of NDA constituent TDP carried placards demanding special package for

M Venkaiah Naidu asked the members to return to their seats and allow zero hour submissions to be taken up.

"This is not the way," he said, ordering that no part of the protests would either go on record or be shown on television.

He then adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.

Earlier, the House mourned the death of its former member VPM and legendary British Stephen Hawking, as well as the killing of nine CRPF personnel in a naxal attack in It also condoled the death of 10 trekkers in a forest fire in

Reading the obituary reference, Naidu said Samy, who represented Puducherry in the from July 1977 to July 1983, died on February 2 at the age of 83 years.

"In the passing away of Shri VPM Samy, the country has lost an able parliamentarian and a dedicated social worker," he said.

Naidu also mentioned the passing away of famous and cosmologist Hawking yesterday at the age of 76.

He said the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh's district on Tuesday, deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Referring to the loss of lives in the forest fire in of Tamil Nadu on Sunday, he said it was "indeed painful and tragic".

Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 12:05 IST