Deemed to be overshadowed by factors like the SC Rafale deal hearings, a number of Assembly election results, the Ayodhya issue and the upcoming electoral campaigns, the Parliament Winter Session will start from December 11, 2018 and last till January 8, 2019 – as recommended by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

The Modi-led Central government is getting ready for its final full-fledged parliamentary session before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, and the governing body’s last chance to conduct pending parliamentary proceedings. The upcoming Parliament Winter Session will start from December 11, 2018 and totals up to full 20 days of working, as per the prescribed time by the Cabinet Committee. And, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel seeks support of all parties for smooth functioning of the session, unlike the monsoon session.

During the winter session, the government is likely to push the pending Triple Talaq Bill in the Upper House to criminalize triple talaq in India, without clear majority in the House. Besides this, the Indian Medical Council amendment ordinance and the companies’ amendment ordinance will be put up in the Parliament for passage. And, the first day of the session will be adjourned after paying tributes to late leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ananth Kumar, who was the part of the Parliamentary Affairs office.

But, the ongoing election polls at Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram and the announcement of its results during the session may mar the smooth functioning of the House. Besides this, other issues like like the Rafale deal, the Ram Mandir of Ayodhya are likely to remain at the centre of debate and might hurdle the passage of key ordinance that the NDA government wants to pass before retiring from the Centre for this session.

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