Parliament's winter session from December 15

Kristopher Drake
November 25, 2017

The Parliament's Winter Session will be held from December 15 to January 5, the panel on parliamentary affairs announced on Friday.

Hindustan Times reported on Thursday that the dates of the session had earlier been finalised but not declared as they were sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his approval.

"We request and seek cooperation from all parties, including the Opposition, for smooth functioning of both Houses to make this session fruitful", said the parliamentary affairs minister.

Refusing to accept that the government wants to avoid the Parliament sessions before the Gujarat Elections, Union Minister Arun Jaitley stressed that the winter sessions would be conducted in a regular mode.

Congress and BJP are in a tug of war over the delay in starting the winter sessions of Parliament for the last one week. Elections and Parliament sessions normally don't overlap.

There were also talks that government would do away with the entire session but Jaitley had cleared the air saying that the winter session will be held. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", he said.

For the past few days, the Congress and the BJP were in loggerheads over the delay in convening the Winter Session with the opposition party claiming that the government was doing so to avoid a debate on "scams", including the Rafale deal, during the Gujarat polls.

When asked whether MPs would be asked to be present on January 1, Kumar said parliamentarians were supposed to be present on all working days, including on New Year's Day.

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