Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 2 pm following uproar over JNU issue

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NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha proceedings has been adjourned till 2 PM on Tuesday after opposition uproar over alleged police action on protesting JNU students in the national capital.

As soon as the House met for the day, Left MPs along with AAP and some Congress members tried to raise the issue.
The students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for the hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the adjournment notices received from members do not warrant setting aside the listed business of the day.
"You will be disturbing the entire House. That is not a matter to adjourn business," he said.
He also warned members that he would be forced to adjourn proceedings if they continued protests. But the members were unrelenting and continued to raise the issues from their seats.
Naidu called for Zero Hour mentions but with opposition members unrelenting, he adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.
Earlier, the House observed two minutes of silence over the passing away of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
The House also congratulated economist Abhijeet Banerjee for winning the Nobel prize for Economics. Mr Naidu said it is a great pride for India.
On Monday, around 100 JNU students were detained and some were injured when police allegedly baton-charged protesters as they marched towards Parliament.
Initially, the barricades outside JNU's gates were removed and the students were allowed to march. However, the march was later stopped by the police around 500 metres from the varsity's gates.
Students had raised slogans and banners against the government.
They took out the march carrying banners which read "save public education", fees must fall" and "ensure affordable hostels for all". A large number of protestors chanted slogans like, "Halla Bol" and "Dekhna hai zor kitna bazue katil mein hai".
On the other hand, the Delhi Police has refuted all charges of lathi-charge, or use of water cannons and tear gas shells on the protesting students by its personnel.
 

With inputs from Agency
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