Congress, BJP spar over delay in Parliament's winter session

Govt says dates of 'full-fledged' winter session will be out soon after Sonia Gandhi's attack

Rahul Gandhi's attendance record: That's what BJP is hitting back with in row over Parliament Winter Session

Azad said he had spoken to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister several times, seeking dates for the Winter Session.

Yesterday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had accused the government of sabotaging the session on flimsy grounds.

He stated that whenever there was a discussion on demonetisation, they walked out of Parliament.

He alleged that Modi and his cabinet was becoming a "campaign machine" aggressively canvassing in Gujarat and elsewhere and said the people want the government to run the country instead.

He also said the session would be held and the Congress "totally exposed". On that note, I would like to ask: "how much time does the Congress vice-president spend in Parliament?"

The session began on November 22 and "continued through the (Gujarat and Himachal) election period, and until after the announcement of the elections till December 20".

Taking a dig at the Congress, another Union minister Ravishankar Prasad said "It is really surprising to see that Congress is so keen to uphold the sanctity of the Parliament".

"The Congress ran away from meaningful debate be it demonetisation or GST".

Rebutting Congress party's allegations that the Narendra Modi government has little regard for parliamentary democracy Naqvi said that the Congress has "no moral right" to lecture the government on the subject.

Pointing out that Lok Sabha has met for only 38 days this year, the Congress argued that the Winter Session was neither curtailed nor delayed in 2012, when Assembly elections were held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

It had also happened when Indira Gandhi and Chandra Shekhar were prime ministers, he said, adding that the session had started twice after Christmas.

Slamming Kharge for his remarks against Modi in which he described him as "Brahma" the creator, Prasad said: "Yes, Modi is creator of New India".

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