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Direct centre to begin session, Ram Nath Kovind urged

25 November 2017

December 25, 26 will be Christmas holidays during the 14-day session, the minister added.

The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing questions in the Winter Session ahead of Gujarat assembly elections in December.

A formal announcement on the dates is likely to be made in a day or two after President Ram Nath Kovind signs the ordinance since an ordinance can not be promulgated during a session.

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.

"We request and seek cooperation from all parties, including the opposition, for smooth functioning of both Houses to make this session fruitful", Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said. Parliament is considered to be in session once it is formally convened.

Three Bills will be taken up in the Winter session to replace three Ordinances.

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. "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".

Accusing the Centre of delaying the session "without ascribing any justification for doing so", the Congress, in the letter dated November 21 said the apparent reason "informally" mentioned by the government for the delay was the assembly elections in Gujarat.

Direct centre to begin session, Ram Nath Kovind urged