Updates: Parliament Winter Session Dates announced, Jyotiraditya Scindia‏ calls it travesty of democracy

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New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2017 3:03:50 PM

LIVE| Parliament's Winter Session will start from December 15. It has been learned that thae session will end on January 5.

winters session, parliament winter session, Ananth Kumar, triple talaq, NCBC, Parliament session, gujarat polls, gujarat assembly electionWinter Session Updates: This will be a 14 day session, 25th and 26th December will be Christmas holidays: Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister on Parliament’s winter session. (ANI)

Parliament’s Winter Session will start from December 15. It has been learned that the session will end on January 5. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had a meeting on Wednesday wherein it was decided that the session would end on January 5, according to sources. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar Today announced the dates for the Winter Session and also said that it will be a 14 day session. ” This will be a 14 day session, 25th and 26th December will be Christmas holidays,” he said. In the forthcoming winter session, it is likely that the government will reintroduce a bill to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes in the Lok Sabha. The Centre is also planning to discuss on triple talaq legislation in order to bring the process of instantaneous divorce to an end.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier shrugged off Opposition criticism that the government wants to avoid parliament before the elections and said that the session will be held and it will be a regular session, not overlapping with the Gujarat Assembly election dates. “Certainly, the winter session will be held and it will be a regular session. We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held and it does not overlap with election dates,” Jaitley said.

Here are the Parliament Winter Session updates:

2:30 pm: “The brazen manner in which Bharatiya Janata Party has undermined the institution of parliament for a state election is a travesty of democracy,” Jyotiraditya Scindia‏.

2:00 pm: “Will decide on issues to be raised; there are issues like GST, demonetisation, J&K, terrorism, Hafiz Saeed set free by Pak court. Will raise important issues,” Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress on Parliament’s Winter session

12:28 pm: Watch Video: All you have to know about the Parliament Winter Session

12:25 pm: In the letter dated November 21, the Congress Parliamentary Party said the apparent reason “informally” mentioned by the government for the delay was the assembly elections in Gujarat.

12: 15 pm: Also Read| Winter session in December, UPA too did it, says Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar

12:10 pm: A day earlier, the Congress had alleged that the Modi government was “avoiding” the Winter Session in view of the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, and to evade a discussion on issues the Opposition wants to raise during the session: ministers’ scams, the Rafale deal, GST and demonetisation, for example.

12:04 pm: The Congress had accused the government of delaying the Winter Session “without ascribing any justification for doing so” and approached President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to direct the Centre to summon the Houses at the earliest.

11: 57 am: A group of Union ministers had closeted for an hour to discuss a legislation to put an end to instantaneous ‘triple talaq’, a Muslim way of divorce, which is said to be still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. The Centre is planning to bring the legislation in the winter session of Parliament, which is likely to begin from December 15.

11:47 am: “The whole country knows that the reason for the delay is to avoid the debate and questions raised on GST, demonetisation and the Rafale aircraft deal on which the government has fallen flat,” Owaisi had said in a statement.

11:45 am: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi had earlier alleged that the NDA government delayed convening the winter session of Parliament to avoid the debate on issues like GST rollout, demonetisation, and Rafale aircraft deal.

11:39 am: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh today met here to decide on the dates of the Winter Session.

11:30 am: I request political parties to cooperate and make the winter session successful and fruitful. We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year’s day: Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister

11:25 am: Winter session to commence from December 15.

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