Winter session likely from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Winter session likely from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Winter session likely from Dec 15 to Jan 5

After much hue and cry by the Opposition, the government is likely to convene the winter session of Parliament from December 15, a day after Gujarat votes for the second phase of the Assembly election.

The session is expected to continue till January 5, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs is understood to have decided at its meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Modi government is under attack from the Opposition for delaying the winter session of Parliament, fearing an adverse impact on the Gujarat Assembly elections.

However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rejected the charges of a truncated session. "We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held, but the dates of elections and sessions don't overlap," he told reporters here.

Taking a swipe at the Congress, Jaitley said the Gujarat polls were important for the BJP and it would be busy campaigning there. "I am not sure whether the Congress would be busy campaigning or not," he quipped.

The Congress and Left parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "sabotaging" the winter session of Parliament that usually begins in the third week of November.

The BJP had hit back, contending that the session had been delayed on several occasions during Congress regimes.