Winter Session of Parliament From December 15 to January 5

The Winter session of the Parliament is likely to start from December 15 a day after the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat

The Winter session of the Parliament is likely to start from December 15 a day after the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat

Parliament's Winter Session will begin on December 15, a day after the second and final phase of the Gujarat polls, and end on January 5.

The Parliament's Winter Session will be held from December 15 to January 5, the panel on parliamentary affairs announced on Friday. The CCPA's recommendations will now be forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while briefing the media had recently told, "It will be a regular winter session and let me clarify, in a democracy, when elections are on, political parties are then addressing the people directly".

The Congress and the BJP have been at loggerheads over the winter session, with the opposition accusing the government of trying to avoid exposure over embarrassing issues ahead of the Gujarat elections.

Kumar alleged that the Congress was levelling allegations out of desperation and frustration as it would be routed in assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

There were also talks that government would do away with the entire session but Jaitley had cleared the air saying that the winter session will be held.

The NCBC bill, which seeks to give a Constitutional status to the national body, which recommends reservations norms for backward classes is pending before Parliament and a select committee headed by BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav has already submitted its report to Parliament on the issue in Monsoon Session. Even for the winter session, either dates have been deferred, altered, or broken into two - in the past. "We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day", Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said.

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