Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

Winter session of Parliament to be held from December 15 to January 5 CCPA

Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December

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

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had also commented that the Winter Session schedule would be such that it would not overlap with the assembly elections, and it would be a "regular" session. It would be holidays on December 25 and 26 for Christmas.

Early this week, the Congress party stepped up its attack on the delay in convening the Winter Session of Parliament, accusing the government of betraying the Constitutional mandate of subjecting itself to Parliamentary oversight.

Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, had claimed that the government was keeping the session in abeyance because it did not want them to hype issues like Rafale deal and allegations against sons of BJP president Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval while elections were on in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Congress had raised concerns over an "inordinate delay" in convening the winter session, and urged President Ram Nath Kovind to direct the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government to summon Parliament at the earliest.

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He had added that if the session spilled over to January it would not be considered as afresh session.

Addressing the meeting of the Congress working committee (CWC) last week, Sonia also accused the government of being "ill prepared" to implement the goods and services tax (GST), which she described as a "flawed" tax regime.

"The country expects that the bills pertaining to these two issues will come to Parliament in this session".

In wake of some recent controversial triple talaq incidents, the government is bringing a bill, seeking to make it a punishable offence as the practice has continued despite the Supreme Court order against it.

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