Delhi, 15 Dec: The central government has said there will be no Winter Session of Parliament this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will meet for the Budget Session in January next year. This was confirmed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi in his reply to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had earlier sent a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla demanding that a short Winter Session of Parliament be convened to discuss the issues arising out of farmers’ protest over the three farm bills passed during the Monsoon Session in September.

The government has said the floor leaders of the party whom it consulted are not in favor of the Winter Session due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Joshi said the government is willing to have Budget Session at the “earliest”.

In the past two years, the Budget Session of Parliament began in January – January 28 in 2018 and January 31 in 2019.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament was delayed due to coronavirus and held in September instead of July. It was cut short by 10 days due to the Covid-19 situation. Earlier, the Budget Session of Parliament had to be cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.


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