Winter session of parliament to begin from 15 Dec

Winter session of Parliament from Dec 15 to Jan 5

The session would be ending on January 5, 2018.

The Centre had been contemplating convening the Winter Session from December 15, a day after the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls, government functionaries had said earlier this week. Justifying the government's decision, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said it was also done by governments in the past, including Congress dispensations headed by Indira Gandhi, PV Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.

25th and 26th December will be Christmas holidays.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, he appealed to all Political Parties for fruitful and constructive discussions on important Bills and ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses of the Parliament.

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

The Congress has petitioned President Ramnath Kovind to direct the government to summon Parliament at the earliest, stressing that the power to summon it is constitutionally vested in him and he should intervene as the custodian of the Constitution.

Congress and BJP are in a tug of war over the delay in starting the winter sessions of Parliament for the last one week.

Jaitley was asked about the opposition charge that the government was trying to avoid debates on issues like unemployment, corruption, Goods and Services Tax and allegations against BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, ahead of the Gujarat election on December 9 and 14.

CCPA met in the Parliament and finalised the schedule and agenda of the winter session.

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