New Delhi, November 21: Union Minister Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said that the government is committed to hold the Winter Session of Parliament and dates for the same will be decided soon. “We are committed to hold Winter Session of Parliament and in the next couple of days we are going to have Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and decide the dates,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kumar said.
The remarks came a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds by “locking the temple of democracy”.
While addressing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday, she had urged the government not to call off the session. “The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds,” she said.
She said the government is “mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the Assembly elections” She noted that Parliament was the forum where questions were asked — “questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving ministers in defence deals”.
Sonia said the government had taken the “extra- ordinary step” in order to avoid such issues. “The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill-prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament,” she said.
The Winter Session of Parliament is traditionally held for a month from the third week of November. The government is considering a truncated Winter Session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December, sources said.
The last Parliament session was in the monsoon that concluded on August 11.
While the Constitution does not specify as to how many times Parliament must meet in a year, the gap between two sessions cannot be longer than six months. Parliament has three sessions — Budget, Monsoon and Winter sessions.
So, the government has time till February for the next session. The Narendra Modi had also started a new practice of presenting the annual budget on February 1.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh decides the dates of Parliament session.
With inputs from PTI