Parliament's ongoing Winter Session is set to conclude on Friday, a week earlier than the scheduled date, sources said today.
New Delhi: Parliament’s ongoing Winter Session is set to conclude on Friday, a week earlier than the scheduled date, sources said today. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee, which manages the schedule of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and is headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. According to sources, several opposition leaders urged the government and Mr Birla to end the parliament’s session a week early amid the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities.
The Winter Session got underway on December 7, and the entire session so far has seen hectic discussion and arguments between the ruling and opposing parties. The situation at the India-China border has left other issues behind, and a heated exchange took place between the Treasury and Opposition benches over the clash between Indian and Chinese armies near the Line of Actual Control earlier this month.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha regarding the clash and assured all the members, especially the opposition, that there were no serious injuries or casualties in the fight. The Chinese troops wanted to disobey the LAC and alter the status quo. “Our forces responded appropriately to the opposing number,” Rajnath Singh added.
The government lashed out at Congress on the issue, with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar making a counterattack on party MP Rahul Gandhi’s use of the word “pitai” (beating) to condemn the government amid the tension on the LAC. “Our jawans are standing at 13,000 feet in the Yangtze, defending our border; they do not deserve the word “pitai.” “The word “pitai” should not be used to describe our soldiers,” Mr Jaishankar said.