Modi calls for constructive winter session

Rescheduling Winter Session not unprecedented Vijay Goel

"The opposition parties strongly criticised the violation of model code of conduct by Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues during the Gujarat elections and on the day of polling when he held a road show in Ahmedabad. I hope for positive and innovative arguments", the Prime Minister told the media outside Parliament ahead of the beggining on Winter Session today.

The winter session of the Parliament began on Friday.The session, which is set to commence more than a month after its schedule, will end on 5 January 2018.

Naidu reminded the MPs that the House has to effectively highlight the will, aspirations and hope of the people but also added that the lawmakers should respect the mandate.

"Government did it deliberately because the Prime Minister and his entire cabinet was busy in Gujarat elections".

"PM must give answers on all these issues in Parliament", Azad added. "Nothing short of an apology will satisfy us", Congress leader Anand Sharma had said.

The Government seek to pass 25 pending bills and table 14 new ones, including a bill to criminalise the practice of "triple talaq" among Muslim community.

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Delayed by nearly a month due to the polls, this Session will have fewer sittings than the usual-it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last Winter Session-but the Government is hopeful of pushing its legislative agenda in the short time.

The NDA will again introduce Constitutional Amendment Bill 123, with an aim to provide constitutional rights to the National Backward Classes Commission (NCBC).

The Lok Sabha will be adjourned for the day today after paying tributes to its sitting and former members who passed away after the Monsoon Session.

After the weekend break, the two Houses will meet again on Monday when the poll results will be announced.

The Bills that will be discussed in the Winter Session of Parliament are related to finance, education, security, law, strategic affairs, social justice, shipping/transport, health, labour and urban development.

Agriculture distress, GST rollout and alleged misuse of enforcement agencies are some of the other issues the Opposition will rake up to attack the Government. "They should respect the opposition", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.

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