Parliament's Winter Session: From December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018

Marie Harrington
November 25, 2017

In a 2-page memorandum submitted on Tuesday, its leaders pointed out that lame excuses are stated by the government to delay the winter session of Parliament in view of the ensuing Gujarat Assembly elections.

"The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from December 15 to January 5, 2018", a CCPA official said.

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar confirmed that the Winter Session of Parliament will have 14 sittings and December 25 and 26 will be Christmas holidays.

Ananth Kumar requested political parties to cooperate and make the winter session successful and fruitful.

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Talking to media persons, Ananthkumar noted that it is not unprecedented that the schedule of the Parliament Session has been decided so as to avoid any overlap with the Assembly Elections in the States. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added.

Congress and BJP are in a tug of war over the delay in starting the winter sessions of Parliament for the last one week. Elections and Parliament sessions generally do not overlap. Even for the winter session, either dates have been deferred, altered, or broken into two - in the past. "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".

The Congress has sought President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention in convening the winter session of Parliament "at the earliest", saying the government had delayed it "without ascribing any justification for doing so".

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