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Govt to finalise winter session schedule tomorrow

26 November 2017

Spanning 22 days, the session will conclude on January 5.

"CCPA met under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and proposed that we will have Winter Session from December 15 to January 5", Kumar said.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday hit back at Congress after the latter accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deliberately trying to delay the winter session of Parliament.

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Rejecting opposition criticism that the government wants to avoid parliament before the elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the session will be held and it will be a regular session, not overlapping with the Gujarat Assembly election dates. This will be a 14-day session. With a few days of Christmas break, the Winter Session is likely to be further truncated.

Gujarat is scheduled to go for polls on December 9 and 14 - while the result will be announced on December 18 along with that of the Himachal Pradesh assembly election for which votes were cast on November 9.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, told ANI that the opposition party would raise important issues like Goods and Services and Tax, demonetisation, Jammu and Kashmir issue, terrorism and Hafiz Saeed being set free by Pakistan.

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"It had also happened when Indira Gandhi and Chandra Shekhar were prime ministers", he had said. Elections and Parliament sessions generally do not overlap. The major bills expected to be introduced include one to ban triple talaq, Mr Kumar said.

Jaitley took potshots at rivals and said the BJP would be busy with the Gujarat poll campaign but he was not sure if its opponents would also be busy.

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Govt to finalise winter session schedule tomorrow