Winter session: Congress seeks President's intervention

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Sonia Gandhi, in a stinging attack, had said that the NDA-govt is sabotaging the Winter session on " flimsy grounds", to which Union Minister Arun Jaitley sharply responded by saying the grand old party had done so too in the past.

The winter session will be held from 15th December to 5th of January. With a few days of Christmas break, the Winter Session is likely to be further truncated.

After facing intense criticism from the Congress-led Opposition for delaying the Winter Session of Parliament, the Government on Friday finally announced the dates. "We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year's day", Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said. "We are going to ensure that a regular winter session is held and it does not overlap with election dates", he said to media after the Cabinet meeting.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, told ANI that the opposition party would raise important issues like Goods and Services and Tax, demonetisation, Jammu and Kashmir issue, terrorism and Hafiz Saeed being set free by Pakistan.

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The winter session is traditionally convened in the third week of November and lasts until the third week of December.

The upcoming session of Parliament is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would look to corner the Modi government over a range of issues.

Jaitley took potshots at rivals and said the BJP would be busy with the Gujarat poll campaign but he was not sure if its opponents would also be busy.

In wake of some recent controversial triple talaq incidents, the government is bringing a bill, seeking to make it a punishable offence as the practice has continued despite the Supreme Court order against it.