Both houses of parliament were adjourned Tuesday as soon as news came in of the death of union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in a Chennai hospital.
In the Rajya Sabha, the announcement of Deshmukh's passing away was made by Nationslist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar, who was in the chair. The house was discussing the whistleblowers protection bill when the announcement was made.
The Lok Sabha was discussing the issue of Maoist violence when the announcement was made by Congress member P.C. Chacko, who was in the chair at the time.
Deshmukh, 67, was undergoing treatment at a Chennai hospital. The former Maharashtra chief minister was awaiting kidney and liver transplants when he breathed his last. His family, including his three sons, were by his side.