Winter Session will start Dec 15, MPs to work on January 1

Jerome Frank
November 25, 2017

Hindustan Times reported on Thursday that the dates of the session had earlier been finalised but not declared as they were sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his approval.

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.

Ananth Kumar, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs asserted that the Winter Session of Parliament would be having 14 meetings.

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Refusing to accept that the government wants to avoid the Parliament sessions before the Gujarat Elections, Union Minister Arun Jaitley stressed that the winter sessions would be conducted in a regular mode. "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".

After facing intense criticism from the Congress-led Opposition for delaying the Winter Session of Parliament, the Government on Friday finally announced the dates.

The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts until the third week of December. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added. Elections and Parliament sessions generally do not overlap. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said. "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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