New Delhi: The Centre government has announced that there will be no winter session of Parliament this year due to the COVID pandemic.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that all parties favour scrapping the session to avoid any Covid spread and jump straight to the budget session in January.
Joshi confirmed this in a letter responding to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary’s demand for a session to discuss controversial new farm laws that are at the core of massive farmer protests on highways near Delhi. Mr Chaudhary, the Congress’s Lok Sabha leader, had stressed on the need to amend the laws, which he said were rammed through parliament by the government.
The minister replied that he had held discussions with leaders of all parties and the consensus was not to call a session due to COVID-19.
The constitution says that parliament must meet within six months. The Budget session is likely in the last week of January ahead of the budget announcement on February 1.