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

Amid Opposition's 'Delay' Allegation, Parliament's Winter Session Likely To Convene From December 15, Says Report

Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

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

The Winter session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs declared on Friday amid indications that the Opposition was planning to raise issues such as demonetisation, GST glitches and the Rafale deal to attack the government.

The minister further stated that the ensuing Winter Session will have a total of 14 sittings over a duration of 22 days.

The formal announcement of the parliament dates was released a day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code on Thursday as an ordinance can not be promulgated during a session. "It is important to note that the schedule of elections are finalised by Election Commission of India whereas the Parliament Session is convened as per established practice and convention", said the letter signed by senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Deependra Hooda. Therefore, we are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held, but elections and the session dates don't overlap. Elections and Parliament sessions normally don't overlap. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said.

Earlier Congress Chief Sonia accused PM of "lacking the courage to face" the Houses over the delay in holding the winter session of Parliament.

When asked if MPs would be asked to be present on January 1, Mr Kumar said they should be present on all working days, including New Year's Day.

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