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Winter session of the parliament in uncertainty amid high Covid cases

CCPA yet to notice the MPs on session; government may coincide it with Budget session.

The winter session of the parliament that normally starts at the end week of November is likely to be concealed due to rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, as per sources.

The cabinet committee of political affairs (CCPA) usually meets to set the dates and announce it to the MPs by giving them a notice at least two weeks before the session. So far the CCPA has not announced the dates and the government is considering of clubbing over the budget session of the parliament, that normally starts on February 1.

According to Parliamentary records, there has been three instances in the history which has not held the winter session which includes year 1975,1979 and 1984.

As per the constitutional frameworks, there must not be a gap of more than six months or more in between two sessions. With the last monsoon session of the parliament being conducted in September there is no such constitutional principle that urges to hold winter session.

In the last session of the parliament in September nearly 40 MPs tested positive for the virus . The monsoon session was finally called off after a huge number of parliamentarians were infected along with Vice-president and Rajyasabha chairman Venkiah Naidu.

The monsoon session which was started on September 14 was supposed to go till October 1, with 18 sittings. However it was shelved on September 24 ahead of 8 days due to high rise in cases. The last budget session of the parliament too ended abruptly for the exact reason.

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