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Centre calls all-party meet ahead of Winter Session of Parliament, Opposition likely to question delay

The Winter Session will be held from 15 December to 5 January. The Opposition has claimed that the ruling BJP delayed the session fearing that it would raise various issues ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls government.

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Published on: December 13, 2017 20:30 IST ]
Image Source : PTI Winter session of Parliament will begin on Friday

The government has convened an all-party meeting on Thursday, ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament where the Opposition is likely to raise the issue of a delay in calling the session.

The parliamentary affairs ministry has sent out invites to the leaders of major political parties that have representatives in both Houses of Parliament for the meet.

The Winter Session will be held from 15 December to 5 January. There would be a total of 14 working days.

Last year, the session began on 16 November and ended on 16 December, with 22 sittings.

The Opposition has claimed that the ruling BJP delayed the session fearing that it would raise various issues ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls government.

The government has, however, maintained that there were precedents of session dates being changed in view of elections.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also host a dinner for the leaders of all parties on Wednesday.

Winter Session of Parliament will begin from Friday. 25 bills have been listed for consideration and passing, while, 14 bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passing.

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