Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

New Delhi: The much-awaited winter session of Parliament will soon commence on 15 December, that is a day after the polling phase in Gujarat assembly ends and shall continue until 5 January.

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

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while briefing the media had recently told, “It will be a regular winter session and let me clarify, in a democracy, when elections are on, political parties are then addressing the people directly. Elections and Parliament sessions normally don’t overlap.

“Even when general elections are held, you finish the budget session immediately in the first week of March so that by the time the campaign begins and the elections are notified, Parliament is not on. This has been the past practice. Even for the winter session, either dates have been deferred, altered, or broken into two – in the past. Therefore, we are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held, but elections and the session dates don’t overlap. At least we have a lot of stake in this election. I don’t know whether our opponents will be busy in the campaign or not, but we will be.”