Parliament's Winter Session to be held from December 15 to January 5

26 November, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Parliament's Winter Session to be held from December 15 to January 5

Spanning 22 days, the session will conclude on January 5.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Friday recommended that the Winter Session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5.

When asked about the Opposition criticism of the delay in convening the session as well as the change in the normal schedule, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told the media that it was not a new practice.

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The upcoming session of Parliament is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would look to corner the Modi government over a range of issues.

Replying to questions, Kumar said the issues of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and triple talaq are two very important issues.

"We urge upon you to direct the government to summon the Parliament at the earliest as the power of summoning and proroguing the Houses of Parliament are constitutionally vested in the President", they said.

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The winter session of Parliament generally gets over before Christmas, though there are precedents of the session spilling over to the next year.

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.

While the bill to grant Constitutional status to NCBC was passed in Lok Sabha without any amendment, the same could be passed in Rajya Sabha only after an amendment, dropping a clause of the bill as Opposition parties forced four amendments into it. The government will also want to pass amendments to GST Bills. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added.

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