Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

The Parliament session will begin a day after the second and final phase of polling for the Gujarat assembly election. The House will not meet on two days, December 24 and 25, for Christmas, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

A formal announcement on the dates is likely to be made in a day or two after President Ram Nath Kovind signs the ordinance since an ordinance can not be promulgated during a session.

"I request political parties to cooperate and make the Winter Session successful and fruitful".

"The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from December 15 to January 5, 2018", a CCPA official said.

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Talking to media persons, Ananthkumar noted that it is not unprecedented that the schedule of the Parliament Session has been decided so as to avoid any overlap with the Assembly Elections in the States. Kumar said that the opposition party is suffering from "selective amnesia" as in 2008 and 2013 also the winter session was held in December.

The Congress party claimed that the government is delaying the winter session in Parliament so as to avoid debates on scandals including the Rafale deal, while the Gujarat elections are on. Elections and Parliament sessions generally do not overlap.

"Certainly, the winter session will be held and it will be a regular session. Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said.

"We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day", he said.

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