Parliament winter session likely to begin from December 15

Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

The session will end on January 5.

The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing questions in the Winter Session ahead of Gujarat assembly elections in December.

Ananth Kumar, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs asserted that the Winter Session of Parliament would be having 14 meetings. December 25, which falls on Monday and December 26 will be holidays on account of Christmas.

Ananth Kumar requested political parties to cooperate and make the winter session successful and fruitful.

The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December.




Asked if the winter session extending into January 2018 would be treated as a new session, he said: "It has already been settled that once the winter session starts and goes into January, it is not the first session (of the year)".

After the Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi for "sabotaging the winter session of parliament" the Congress on Thursday approached the President of India.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley earlier told journalists that the session would not overlap with the Gujarat assembly elections and it would be a "regular" session. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added.

The Congress has sought President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention in convening the winter session of Parliament "at the earliest", saying the government had delayed it "without ascribing any justification for doing so".

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