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Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted on Tuesday after members of opposition parties stormed the well of the House protesting US President Donald Trump’s claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought the White House’s mediation in the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan.

The Upper House was adjourned twice as members demanded a response from Modi on Trump's remarks made on Monday.

On Monday, Trump said Modi welcomed his (Trump’s) role as an arbitrator or mediator between India and Pakistan over the ongoing crisis in Kashmir.

Though external affairs minister S. Jaishankar clarified on Tuesday that Modi did not request US mediation in the Kashmir dispute, the Opposition continued to demand that the Prime Minister make an appearance in the House.

"It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism," Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also told the Upper House that there was “no need" for PM Modi to respond since EAM Jaishankar had already issued a statement.

Members of the Congress party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Trinamool Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), however, continued their protest.

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