Winter session of parliament to begin from 15 Dec

Winter session of parliament to begin from 15 Dec

Winter session of parliament to begin from 15 Dec

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.

The Winter Session of Parliament will be held between December 15 and January 5, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) confirmed on Friday.

For the past few days, the Congress and the BJP were in loggerheads over the delay in convening the Winter Session with the opposition party claiming that the government was doing so to avoid a debate on "scams", including the Rafale deal, during the Gujarat polls. To this Jaitley had said that the issue was settled long back.

The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts until the third week of December.

The upcoming session of Parliament is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would look to corner the Modi government over a range of issues.

While the bill to grant constitutional status to NCBC was passed by Lok Sabha without any amenmdnet but the same could be passed in Rajya Sabha only after an amendment, dropping a clause of the bill as Opposition parties forced four amendments into it.

In wake of some recent controversial triple talaq incidents, the government is bringing a bill, seeking to make it a punishable offence as the practice has continued despite the Supreme Court order against it. The session will have 14 working days.

Questions were also raised if the session could spill over to January from December without the President's customary address. It would be holidays on December 25 and 26 for Christmas.

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