Hope Winter Session of Parliament is productive: PM

Posted December 17, 2017

After the 1st day both houses were adjourned till Monday.

"However, our Winter Session is getting started".

Any layman in the country can understand that the main reason for this year's Winter Session delay are the Gujarat Assembly Elections.

This session of the Parliament will have 14 sittings.

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The Rajya Sabha, however, saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting on the issue of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav's disqualification and the allegations of conniving with Pakistan levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.

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

In the current 16th Lok Sabha, the percentage of bills being referred to expert committees such as standing committee, Joint Parliamentary committee has fallen to 27% from 71% in 15th Lok Sabha.

Issues like the Muslim Womens Rights on Marriage Bill related to triple talaq and legislation on granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission are among the important bills, which will be tabled for discussion and passage.

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A day before the winter session kickstarted, Congress and several opposition parties met on Thursday to discuss and form a strategy to corner the government on key issues.

Thereafter, the Prime Minister introduced new ministers to the House, following which Zero Hour mentions were taken up Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm.

An angry Opposition led by the Congress accused PM Modi of levelling "serious charges" against Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari and diplomats. However, with no signs of attention given to strengthening the parliamentary democracy, the NDA government has only worsened it over the UPA regime. But Winter Session has started now, and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 Winter Session in Parliament. He also added that this parliament session should be held with a positive approach to move the country forward. But due to global warming winter has not come in full force.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday said that the Congress was in favour of positive discussions during the Winter Session of Parliament, but put the onus on the government to "create a conducive" atmosphere for it.

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