"The conversions that are taking place, I read a statement from a US secretary that they are monitoring the situation," said Azad."The prime minister gets respect wherever he goes because he is representing the diverse people of India. When there were doubt about his image, he was not welcomed," said Azad.

He said Modi needs to assure the nation that people and their religion are safe. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar then suggested that Azad should start the debate right away.

However, opposition members once again trooped near chairman's podium. The house was then adjourned till 12 noon.

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