The government on Wednesday hoped that the Opposition would cooperate in the smooth running of the winter session of Parliament beginning on 11 December coinciding with the day election results from five states will be declared.

The session will continue till 8 January, announced Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The inter-session period saw the demise of Parliamentary Affairs Minister HN Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru. Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been given additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs.

In what would be the last full-fledged Parliament session of the Narendra Modi-led government before the next Lok Sabha polls, the government would make all efforts to push for the passage of the triple talaq bill pending in the Rajya Sabha. It had promulgated an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence.

The government also wants the Indian Medical Council amendment ordinance and the companies amendment ordinance to be passed as bills in this session.

The Winter Session of Parliament usually starts in November. However, it would be the second year in a row when it would begin in December.

The session, which will be spread over 20 working days, has a heavy schedule. Besides these three crucial bills, it has on the agenda eight bills in the Lok Sabha and 15 in Rajya Sabha, Goel tweeted.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad on 28 December 2017.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, was issued recently, dissolving the Medical Council of India (MCI). It amends the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 which set up the MCI that regulates medical education and practice.