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Govt to finalise winter session schedule tomorrow

26 November 2017, 01:39 | Myrtle Vega

Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December

Winter session of Parliament from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the government for delay in announcing the dates, alleging that the ruling dispensation is afraid to face Parliament.

"We seek cooperation from all parties for a smooth functioning of both Houses and (to) make this session fruitful", he said.

The Parliament session will begin a day after the second and final phase of polling for the Gujarat assembly election.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, met on Wednesday and decided that the session would end on January 5, sources said.

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar had on Tuesday rejected the Congress's allegations of "delay", citing precedents of the winter session held in December in 2008 and 2013 during UPA-II rule.

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"It is also pertinent to mention that winter session is preceded by the longest inter session breaks after the monsoon session vis-a-vis all other session breaks".

"We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day", he said.

The opposition had earlier alleged that the government was delaying the session on objective to avoid a debate on "scams", including the Rafale deal, during the Gujarat polls.

Replying to questions, Kumar said the issues of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and triple talaq are two very important issues.

Besides the regular bills, three bills to replace Ordinances - Goods & Services Tax (Compensation to States) Ordinance, 2017 (promulgated on 02.09.17), Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 and Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 - will also be brought up for consideration and passage in the House.

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