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PM calls for constructive, positive debate in Winter session of Parliament

Opposition leaders confer on strategy for Winter Session of Parliament PM calls for constructive, positive debate in Winter session of Parliament
Charlie Simmons | 15 December, 2017, 09:26

"A session need to go rightly for the benefit of the country and to strengthen democracy".

Parliament Winter Session which will start from December 15, 2017 and last till January 5, 2018, is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would try to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over a range of issues.

"He also sought their cooperation to make the Session meaningful and constructive", said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who briefed the newspersons after the meeting. The 21-day session is scheduled to have 14 sittings of both Houses of Parliament.

Delayed by nearly a month due to the polls, this Session will have fewer sittings than the usual-it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last Winter Session-but the Government is hopeful of pushing its legislative agenda in the short time.

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Attacking the BJP for the delayed and shorter Winter Session, the Congress leader said that "the session, which was supposed to end, is starting now". "I hope there is constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation's problems", Modi said.

The Congress had insisted that Modi apologise for spreading "falsehoods and canards" against his predecessor Singh and the opposition party is likely to raise bring up the demand again in Parliament. Almost 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Muslim women rights, will be picked up in the session spread over 22 days.

The NDA will again introduce Constitutional Amendment Bill 123, with an aim to provide constitutional rights to the National Backward Classes Commission (NCBC). He retained his position as an MLA from Gujarat until his election to the Rajya Sabha three years after the party's sweep in the Lok Sabha elections.

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