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Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday following Uproar

New Delhi, Dec 18: Following the continuous uproar by the opposition parties over the conversion row in Rajya Sabha, the House was adjourned for one day today even though, the government was ready for a debate on the issue.

The opposition parties did not allow the House to run smoothly even after the appeals by the deputy chairman. They mounted pressure on the government demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the religion conversion row following which the Rajya Sabha as adjourned till 11 a.m. Friday.

The united opposition were in no mood to let the House function. While they demanded a debate on the issue, they also sought Modi's statement without keeping the dignity of the PM, who was present in the House, but walked out following the uproar before lunch hour.

Earlier in the day, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Rajya Sabha is not being able to function due to the arrogance of the opposition parties.

"The government has no intention of being arrogant; we want this house to function. The fact is that one house is functioning properly and the other is not allowed to function, means it's arrogance of numbers and not the government," said Jaitley.

The opposition had stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha earlier on Thursday over a repeated demand that Prime Minister Modi be called to the Upper House to make a statement on the conversion row that has hogged national headlines for the past few days.

Last week, 57 Muslim families were reportedly converted to Hinduism in a ceremony in Agra by the groups linked to the RSS.

The Bajrang Dal and the Dharam Jagran Manch, which performed the mass conversions, reportedly claimed that the families were originally Hindus and converted to Islam around 30 years ago.

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