Cong writes to Prez on delay in Par's winter session


The government has made a decision to convene the Winter Session of Parliament from 15 December, a day after the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections, the Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) said on Friday.

Anant Kumar has also appealed the Opposition to make the session successful, "I appeal the opposition and political parties to participate and make the Parliament Session fruitful".

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Citing the example of 2012 when the last Gujarat assembly elections were held the Congress said when the 2012 Assembly polls in the state were held on December 13 and December 17. There will be four-day break for Christmas that ends on December 26, which is preceded by the weekend (December 23 and 24).

Earlier Congress Chief Sonia accused PM of "lacking the courage to face" the Houses over the delay in holding the winter session of Parliament. "We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said. The Congress Parliamentary party has written to the President claiming that not convening the Parliament session on time would set an "unhealthy precedent". "The government is mistaken if it thinks by locking temple of democracy; it'll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections".

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The government on Friday announced that the Winter Session of Parliament will commence from December 15.

Azad said the government was deliberately delaying the session to hide its corruption and failures on the employment and economic fronts.

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Replying to questions, Kumar said that the issues of National Commission for Backward Classes and triple talaq are two very important issues.