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‘Winter session of Parliament to be held from December 15 to January 5’

SNS | New Delhi |

Amidst fears of Parliament’s winter session being deferred, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Friday announced that the session will take place for a total of 14 days from December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018.

“The Winter Session of Parliament will be held between December 15 to January 5. It will have 14 sittings,” Kumar told reporters here.

He also said that Parliament will remain closed on December 25 and 26 for Christmas.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had met on November 22 to decide on the dates for the session.

The dates were announced after the government promulgated two ordinances, one related on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the other on exempting Bamboo produced in non-forest areas from classification as a “tree” under the Indian Forest (Amendment) Act.

The announcement comes following protests by the opposition against the delay with the Congress even seeking President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention in convening the session “at the earliest”,

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.

The Congress leaders also said it was clear that the government was trying to avoid “facing Parliament and answer questions on its flawed and unpopular policies and decisions and rampant corruption”.