Parliament adjourned till July 25
The house observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the Mumbai train blasts.india Updated: Jul 24, 2006 14:43 IST
Rajya Sabha on Monday paid rich tributes to sitting member Vasant Chavan, who passed away on June 9, before adjourning the house for the day as a mark of respect.
Chavan (NCP) passed away following a heart attack. He was 67.
He was the member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from 1980-85 and was also in the state Legislative Council from 2004. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in February 2005.
The house also paid their respect to freedom fighter K Gopalan, who was also the editor of several magazines. He was an RS member from 1982 to 1988.
The house observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the Mumbai train blasts.
The tragedy that occurred on July 11, 2006 claimed 184 lives and left 847 people injured, Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said.
Condolences were also paid to the families of the nine tourists who died in grenade attacks in Srinagar on the same day.
The House condemns such dastardly acts but the country's resolve to fight terrorism has only strengthened, Shekhawat said.
The House also observed two-minutes silence as a mark of respect for the victims of tsunami that hit Indonesia on July 17 killing 550 people .
As soon as the Opposition members started shouting slogans, stalling the proceedings, the Speaker said, "I will give you an opportunity to move the adjournment motion here and right now. I will allow these matters to be discussed."
Demanding suspension of the question hour, BJP's Deputy Leader VK Malhotra said people were agitated at price rise. "This is a deaf government. It should awake from its slumber."
Railway Minister and RJD leader Lalu Prasad, seated on the front row with Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi, was seen jeering at the Opposition while waving the controversial book authored by BJP leader Jaswant Singh 'A Call to Honour'.
The newly-released book gives details about the then NDA government's handling of the 1999 crisis surrounding the hijack of Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in Afghanistan which ended with the release of three dreaded terrorists.