Winter Session of the Parliament to start from December 15, 2017

Winter Session of the Parliament to start from December 15, 2017

Winter Session of the Parliament to start from December 15, 2017

Accusing the Centre of delaying the session "without ascribing any justification for doing so", the Congress, in the letter dated November 21 said the apparent reason "informally" mentioned by the government for the delay was the assembly elections in Gujarat.

Sensing a stormy session, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar told reporters that the government would look forward for cooperation from all for the smooth functioning of both Houses.

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"The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of parliament on flimsy grounds", Gandhi said, adding "(it) is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections". The Lok Sabha would adjourn on the first day after paying tributes to three sitting members - Chand Nath (of the BJP from Alwar in Rajasthan), Sultan Ahmed (of the Trinamool Congress from Uluberia in West Bengal) and Mohammed Taslimuddin (of RJD from Araria in Bihar) who had died in the inter-session period. It would be holidays on December 25 and 26 for Christmas. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said. The Bills expected to be introduced in the session include one on triple talaq.

The BJP, however, rejected the Congress's tirade as a "chorus of baseless allegations" and insisted that previous governments, including the UPA, had also scheduled sessions after state polls as politicians are busy in campaign. "We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held and it does not overlap with election dates", he said to media after the Cabinet meeting. The government will also want to pass amendments to GST Bills.

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