Parl Ses­sion likely to be short due to poll results

◗ Ac­cord­ing to sources, the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee on Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs will meet on November 12 to fi­nalise the dates for the Win­ter ses­sion

The Asian Age - - Nation - ANIMESH SINGH

With results of assem­bly polls in five states in­clud­ing the po­lit­i­cally cru­cial Mad­hya Pradesh, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Ra­jasthan sched­uled to be an­nounced on December 11, the Win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment is likely to be a cur­tailed one and could be held from December 10 till December 21, hav­ing a to­tal of only 10 sit­tings.

Ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources, the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee on Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs ( CCPA) led by Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh will meet on November 12 to fi­nalise the dates for the Win­ter ses­sion. They added that the com­mit­tee is likely to fi­nalise the December 10- December 21 set of dates dur­ing the meet­ing.

The CCPA is also likely to dis­cuss some more dates like hold­ing the ses­sion be­tween December 15 and Jan­uary 5, 2019, just like it hap­pend last year when the pre­vi­ous Win­ter ses­sion had taken place be­tween December 15, 2017 and Jan­uary 5, 2018. How­ever there is a strong like­li­hood that the panel may stick with December 10- 21 set of dates, sources said.

With the results of the five assem­bly polls likely to co­in­cide with the Win­ter ses­sion, po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said that their ramifications could lead to high drama as the Congress has upped the ante against the BJP over the Rafale deal and the party's pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi has been con­stantly rais­ing it in all his ral­lies in the poll- bound Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh, where the elec­tions are to be held this month it­self.

The Op­po­si­tion led by the Congress has been seek­ing a joint Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee's probe into the Rafale deal and in case the party man­ages to put up a good show in the forth­com­ing polls, then it could go bal­lis­tic against the rul­ing BJP dur­ing the Win­ter ses­sion.

Con­sid­er­ing the fact that it could be the last ma­jor ses­sion of Par­lia­ment prior to the Lok Sabha polls of 2019 and the govern­ment may only come out with an in­terim bud­get in Fe­bru­ary next year.

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