The Upper House was adjourned five times after members assembled for the day at 11 am. After earlier adjournments in the morning, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till 2 pm when members refused to let the house function and wanted the government to discuss Vemula's alleged suicide on January 17.

Bahujan Samaj Party members blamed the Central government for the scholar's suicide in Hyderabad University. They gathered at the chairman's podium, demanding the government debate the issue first and suspend the Question Hour.

Ansari made a passionate appeal to slogan shouting members, requesting them that they should let the Question Hour proceed and raise the issue later in the day.

He said that the Question Hour is a privilege of individual members who have asked questions to the government. "The questions have been listed and they have to be answered," he cited.

The government as well as the chair pointed out that a debate on the Vemula death is listed for later in the day. The protesting members didn't relent and continued with their slogan shouting, seeking justice for the family members of the dead student. They alleged that the government was anti-Dalit.BSP leader Mayawati insisted that the government respond first over the issue.

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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien today adjourned the house for 10 minutes following an uproar over Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide issue.