A few hours after Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the Narendra Modi-led government of delaying the winter session of Parliament on "flimsy grounds", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Winter session will definitely take place and the government will announce dates soon.”
The Congress president’s allegations is based on the Central government’s delaying of winter session of parliament, which usually begins in November and runs for four weeks.
Gandhi had said, “Modi-led government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of parliament on flimsy grounds,"
Replying to Gandhi, Jaitley talking to reporters in poll-bound Gujarat’s Rajkot said, “The winter session will definitely take place and the government will announce the dates soon.”
The finance minister added, “The prime minister and other top ministers are campaigning for the Gujarat elections in December, the winter session of parliament has yet to be called.”
Jaitley also added, “Parliament sessions have delayed earlier and it has happened several times. Seeing the election dates sessions were rescheduled earlier too.”
The finance minister added that the Congress had delayed winter session in 2011 and even before that. “Winter session will be certainly held and Congress will be exposed.”
Gandhi, earlier in the day had said, “The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.”