Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December


The session would be ending on January 5, 2018.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, met on Friday to finalise the dates of the session.

Sonia Gandhi, in a stinging attack, had said that the NDA-govt is sabotaging the Winter session on " flimsy grounds", to which Union Minister Arun Jaitley sharply responded by saying the grand old party had done so too in the past.

Winter Session of Parliament will begin on December 15, a day after Gujarat election is over and conclude on January 5 during which key bills on triple talaq and constitutional status to backward class commission will be taken up for consideration passage.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had also said the Winter Session, which generally starts from November's third week, would be convened in December.

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

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. "We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held and it does not overlap with election dates", he said to media after the Cabinet meeting. Kumar said that the opposition party is suffering from "selective amnesia" as in 2008 and 2013 also the winter session was held in December. The Congress, which has described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a hasty step, is expected to come out hard at the BJP government over the issue.