Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December

The government has maintained that the winter session of the parliament will take place in December and that delays in the session have happened in the past too

The Centre had been contemplating convening the Winter Session from December 15, a day after the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls, government functionaries had said earlier this week. The CCPA's recommendations will now be forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Announcing the dates for the parliament session recommended by CCPA after its meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar sought the cooperation of the Opposition parties to make the winter session meaningful.

Congress and BJP are in a tug of war over the delay in starting the winter sessions of Parliament for the last one week.

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.

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Three Bills will be taken up in the Winter session to replace three Ordinances. "We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held and it does not overlap with election dates", he told the media after the Cabinet meeting here.

The Congress had accused the BJP-led NDA government of running away from discussion over what it described as "scams", including the Rafale deal, during the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.

Jaitley said even when general elections were held, passage of the Budget was deferred and Parliament adjourned so that parties were free to participate in electioneering.

When asked if MPs would be asked to be present on January 1, Mr Kumar said they should be present on all working days, including New Year's Day.

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