Lok Sabha on the other hand was adjourned till Thursday after members maintained a two-minute silence for former members who passed away.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier addressed the media from Parliament premises, making a last minute appeal to the Opposition for their co-operation to achieve a ‘fruitful’ session.

“In the winter session, a very positive discussion will happen and on all issues with contribution of all parties. In last session an important bill like GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then,” Modi said.

Lok Sabha adjourned after Condolence

The government is willing to discuss all issues and answer the questions raised by the opposition, Modi said, hoping for a fruitful session as he recalled the passage of the GST Bill in the last session with the cooperation of all parties.

Modi had met opposition leaders and sought their cooperation in the fight against black money and corruption for which, he said, the demonetisation exercise was undertaken.

In his concluding remarks at an all-party meeting on the eve of the Winter Session, Modi spoke in support of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly polls. He pitched for state-funding of elections and asked parties to debate the issue.