The Winter session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs declared on Friday amid indications that the Opposition was planning to raise issues such as demonetisation, GST glitches and the Rafale deal to attack the government.
"I request political parties to cooperate and make the Winter Session successful and fruitful".
The winter session this will be spanning around 14 days is set to witness stormy scenes between the Treasury and Opposition benches.
Earlier Congress Chief Sonia accused PM of "lacking the courage to face" the Houses over the delay in holding the winter session of Parliament.
The winter session of Parliament generally gets over before Christmas, though there are precedents of the session spilling over to the next year.
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Kumar alleged that the Congress was levelling allegations out of desperation and frustration as it would be routed in assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the government for allegedly shying away from facing questions in the Winter Session ahead of Gujarat assembly elections in December.
"The country expects that the bills pertaining to these two issues will come to Parliament in this session".
Besides the regular bills, three bills to replace Ordinances - Goods & Services Tax (Compensation to States) Ordinance, 2017 (promulgated on 02.09.17), Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 and Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 - will also be brought up for consideration and passage in the House. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said.