Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December

The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December

The session will end on January 5.

The government will convene the Winter Session of Parliament from 15 December, a day after the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections, the Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) said on Friday. With a few days of Christmas break, the Winter Session is likely to be further truncated. "We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day".

Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, had claimed that the government was keeping the session in abeyance because it did not want them to hype issues like Rafale deal and allegations against sons of BJP president Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval while elections were on in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

CCPA met in the Parliament and finalised the schedule and agenda of the winter session.

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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing questions in the Winter Session ahead of Gujarat assembly elections in December. It had been resorted to during the regimes of Indira Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, he said.

The upcoming session of Parliament is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would look to corner the Modi government over a range of issues.

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