Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December
26 November, 2017, 01:40
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the government for delay in announcing the dates, alleging that the ruling dispensation is afraid to face Parliament.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing questions in the Winter Session ahead of Gujarat assembly elections in December.
The Winter session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs declared on Friday amid indications that the Opposition was planning to raise issues such as demonetisation, GST glitches and the Rafale deal to attack the government. Spanning 22 days, the session will conclude on January 5. The Congress Parliamentary party has written to the President claiming that not convening the Parliament session on time would set an "unhealthy precedent". To this Jaitley had said that the issue was settled long back. "If that is the aspiration of the country, Government will have to respond to it", Kumar said. The important bills including bills on Insolvency and bankruptcy law, Triple talaq, and forest act are likely to be introduced during the session.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had also said the Winter Session, which generally starts from November's third week, would be convened in December.
The government is hoping to find window to push its version of the legislative Bill for constitution of the OBC Commission after the Opposition had forced passage of a number of amendments in the Monsoon Session. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added.
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