Govt 'avoiding' Parl session in view of Gujarat polls

Addressing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee Sonia Gandhi also hit out at the government over its handling of the economy

The remarks came a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds by "locking the temple of democracy". The party also denounced Congress for making it appear like the session was being delayed for the first time.

"Usually, care is taken not to overlap the parliament session with assembly elections". However, the government is yet to finalise the dates for the sitting.

"It has been a tradition and it has happened several times that Parliament sessions are rescheduled when an election is happening", he told reporters. He accused the opposition party of suffering from "selective amnesia" as in 2008 and 2013 also the Winter Session was held in December.

Senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the party's stand that assembly polls often played a role in the timing of sessions and said Congress governments, including the UPA, had done so in the past.

The session began on November 22 and "continued through the (Gujarat and Himachal) election period, and until after the announcement of the elections till December 20".

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He said, "The truth does not go away because you hide from it. Modi ji, stop hiding and open the Parliament so the truth of what you did on Rafale can be heard by the nation".

"I have talked to many ministers, the Speaker, Lok Sabha Secretary General, but no one knows the dates of Parliament session".

Mr. Jaitley should realise that there is nothing to be gained from the BJP exposing the Congress or vice-versa.

"The Congress should look at its own track record before pointing fingers at us as far as regard for parliamentary democracy is concerned".

"It was Congress which staged walkout from both Houses of Parliament when the government was ready to discuss the issue of demonetisation".

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