Parliament winter session to commence on 15 December

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The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh to discuss legislative agenda for the coming session of Parliament.

The Winter Session of Parliament will commence from December 15, a day after the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, and conclude on January 5 as recommended by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA).

The formal announcement of the parliament dates was released a day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code on Thursday as an ordinance can not be promulgated during a session.

"We request and seek cooperation from all parties, including the opposition, for smooth functioning of both Houses to make this session fruitful", Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said.

After facing intense criticism from the Congress-led Opposition for delaying the Winter Session of Parliament, the Government on Friday finally announced the dates.

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The Vijay Rupani-led government has challenged it before Supreme Court, where the matter is pending. However, heads of both these bodies denied having received any details about the Congress formula.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley earlier told journalists that the session would not overlap with the Gujarat assembly elections and it would be a "regular" session.

Parliament will also discuss the Supplementary Demands for Grants in this Winter Session.

Three Bills will be taken up in the Winter session to replace three Ordinances. The overlapping days with the Gujarat election would be avoided, he added. Elections and Parliament sessions normally don't overlap. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", he said.

Asked if the winter session extending into January 2018 would be treated as a new session, he said: "It has already been settled that once the winter session starts and goes into January, it is not the first session (of the year)".