New Delhi: At a time when a number of state governments have announced lockdown in their respective states in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, reports on Sunday night suggested that the Budget Session of Parliament is likely to be concluded on Monday after passage of the Finance Bill in both Houses. Also Read - No Lockdown in Pakistan Yet; 'Complete Shutdown Will Cause Unrest,' Says PM Imran Khan
Media reports further suggested that the session, which was earlier scheduled to conclude on April 3, is now likely to be adjourned sine die on March 23. Also Read - India's Stock Markets Will Remain Functional Amid Lockdown Measures
As per updates, the budget session is likely to be concluded almost 12 days before its scheduled date because of the COVID-19 threat. Also Read - Andhra Govt Announces Rs 1000 Per Family, Free Ration to Poor People as State Imposes Lockdown
The development comes as a number political parties, including the TMC, have decided not to attend the session on Monday due to the coronavirus scare.
Earlier, a number of political leaders including Congress Shashi Tharoor, were demanding the closure of the Parliament in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday emphasised the need for social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. He also appreciated people’s overwhelming response to ‘Janata curfew’ proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tackle the crisis.
He appreciated the steps taken by the Maharashtra and Union governments to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Gadkari said he avoided going out of his home and meeting people.