The Congress party on Friday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to ask the government to immediately convene the Winter Session of Parliament. The principal opposition party, in its representation to the President, has accused the BJP dispensation of not following the parliamentary traditions.
But the government, responding to the contention, said it is not “running away” from Parliament and will soon take a decision on dates for its winter session.
The winter session of Parliament usually begins by the third week of November and ends mid-December. As per the parliamentary practice, all the members of both the houses have to informed at least 15 days prior to the beginning of the session.
“The president, who is head of the Parliament, should take congnisance why the Winter Session is not being convened and ask the government to immediately convene it,” Congress leader Rajiv Shukla told reporters.
Shukla alleged that the government was running away from discussion on key issues in Parliament as it feared that it might have an adverse effect on the Gujarat elections scheduled on December 9 and 14.
“Is the government fearing that when issues are raised in Parliament, it may have an adverse effect on Gujarat polls… Why is it avoiding the session and what is the reason that the government is fearing convening it. Parliamentary traditions should not be murdered like this,” he alleged.
The Congress leader cited earlier dates when Parliament session was convened before to Gujarat elections.
“It is very strange that the government is not convening the Winter Session the Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs has not even met so far,” he claimed.
Briefing the press on Friday, Union minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal on Friday said that many MPs had requested that they want to focus on the upcoming Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh in response to a question on delay in holding the winter session of Parliament.
“I don’t think there is any such situation where we have to run away from facing Parliament. The government will soon take a decision on parliament dates,” he said.
According to sources, the government is considering a truncated winter session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December.
(With inputs from PTI)