Govt Committed to Hold Winter Session, Dates Will be Decided: Ananth Kumar

22 November, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • All’s well Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the media after a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will soon meet to finalise the dates of the Winter Session.

The opposition party alleged the Modi government is working under its model of "bypass, bulldoze and betray", which is an "attack on democracy".

Yesterday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had accused the government of sabotaging the winter session of Parliament.

"But if the Congress thinks they have got nothing to do in the Gujarat elections because nobody in the state is caring for them, it is there problem not ours".

The ruling party also hit out at Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using Defence Ministry's planes for election purposes and also for calling his "Brahma".

Taking a dig at the Congress, another Union minister Ravishankar Prasad said "It is really surprising to see that Congress is so keen to uphold the sanctity of the Parliament".

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Jaitley however said the Winter session will take place which the government is intending to postpone due to the Gujarat election on November 9 and Nov.14. The party also denounced Congress for making it appear like the session was being delayed for the first time.

"I have talked to many ministers, the Speaker, Lok Sabha Secretary General, but no one knows the dates of Parliament session".

"The Congress should look at its own track record before pointing fingers at us as far as regard for parliamentary democracy is concerned".

The "hijacking" and/or delaying the winter session of Parliament without giving us a proper reason is improper and smacks of political highhandedness ("Sonia alleges sabotage of winter session", November 21).

"The Congress ran away from meaningful debate be it demonetisation or GST". There are speculations that a truncated session will start from December 11.

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