New Delhi : The government and political parties are warming up for a belated winter session of Parliament to be held from December 15, a day after the end of the Gujarat polls, to January 5, with altogether 14 sittings.

Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has convened a meeting of the opposition leaders in both the Houses in his Parliament House chamber on Thursday while Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has called a meeting of the leaders of various parties same day in the evening at 5 PM.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also convened a meeting of the leaders of parties in the Lok Sabha in the evening at 7.30 AM. Prime Minister Modi is expected to attend the meeting called by the Speaker.

The first actual working day of the winter session will be only on Monday as the Houses will adjourn on Friday as a mark of respect to the members who died since the last monsoon session. The working day as such coinciding with the Gujarat and Himachal poll results is expected to be heated and stormy as the ruling BJP and the Congress-led Opposition has several issues to lock the horns.

The budget session is to also begin in January after three weeks of the winter session and so the Modi government is not much concerned about the Opposition raking up various issues to stall the business during the next one fortnight. The two Assembly results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will set the tone of the session.

The government is looking forward to pass several important pending Bills, including the National Commission for Backward Classes Amendment Bill, the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill and the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Road Transport Minister seeks to ring in major reforms in traffic and transport regulations through the motor vehicles bill which has been passed in the Lok Sabha and remains pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The NCBC Bill introduced in April for setting up a separate commission for the OBCs was passed by the Lok Sabha in the last session, but the Rajya Sabha pushed for amendments in the Bill. It will be re-introduced in the Lok Sabha.

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