Parliament’s Winter session may be scrapped this year: Sources

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In an unprecedented move, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government may not announce the dates for a Winter Session of parliament this year.

Sources said that Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has almost decided to give this year’s Winter Session of the parliament a miss in view of Gujarat assembly polls.

One source said that the almost the entire cabinet including Modi is expected to spend more time in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Both states will go to polls in November and December. The electoral process will culminate with the counting on 18 December.

Normally, the Winter Session commences from mid-November and ends before Christmas. Going by precedents, the dates for the session should have been out by now as normally the members are intimated around three weeks in advance for them to file notices for questions.

So far, the CCPA has not met and there is no official word on when it will meet, reported IANS.

However, another source said that the Centre was also mulling over shortening this year’s Winter Session to just 10 days.

The opposition parties have been targeting the Centre for not announcing the dates for the Winter Session. Speaking at Janta Ka Conclave on Friday, Trinamool Congress’s parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha had taken a dig at the PM by saying, “When Mr M (Modi) and Mr S(Amit Shah) meet over dhokla, they will announce the dates for the parliament session.”

 

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