Parliament's winter session adjourned till 18 December

17 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Opposition leaders confer on strategy for Winter Session of Parliament

The winter session of the Parliament, started today & is scheduled to end on 5 January.

This year's Monsoon Session was held between 17 July and 11 August 2017, functioned for 157.6 hours with 67% and 72% productivity of Scheduled time in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively.

The opposition party had alleged that BJP had deliberately delayed the session so that the debates on the Rafale's deal and the allegations charged on Amit Shah's son may not influence the voting in Gujarat. "Democracy will surely strengthen", PM Modi had said while addressing the media inside Parliament's premises.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Supplementary Demand for Grants and three ordinances including GST compensation to states will also be a prominent issue of discussion.

However, the senior Congress leader charged that the prime minister did not reply to issues raises by them.

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Meanwhile, the Winter Session of Rajya Sabha began on a stormy note on Friday with the Opposition demanding an apology from PM Modi over his "conspiracy with Pakistan" remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, creating an uproar and repeatedly disrupting proceedings.

Azad said his party and other Opposition leaders have given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of the listed business to discuss an issue which he termed as "serious".

"Rather than demanding apology from Prime Minister, they (opposition) should apologise for what they have done".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country's problems. He said that he hopes for a fruitful parliamentary session that would benefit the country. "Generally, winter starts with Diwali". The PM Modi told reporters outside the Parliament that "I am hopeful and urge all parties to come together, discuss debate and work for the betterment of the nation".

At a meeting of top NDA leaders, Modi asked the ruling alliance to strongly push the government's legislative agenda in the Winter Session of Parliament, sources said.

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