New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament
could conclude on March 25, a month ahead of schedule, due to assembly elections in five states.
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary
Affairs (CCPA) headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
is scheduled tomorrow when a decision on the issue is
expected, government sources said.
A senior minister said demands have been made by several
parties, including the Left, DMK, AIADMK and Trinamool
Congress, to cut short the session so that they could devote
full time for the polls.
As per the earlier plans, the first phase of the Budget
session was to end on March 16 and the second phase was to
be held from April four till 21.
The two options before the government were either to have
a longer monsoon session or to have a second phase of the
budget session after the assembly polls in May/June.
As per present indications, the Budget session would be
adjourned sine die on March 25 but not prorogued, thereby
keeping it alive in the event of a decision to have a second
In view of the plans for curtailment, the Lok Sabha will
not take up the private members` business on Friday and would
sit late for a discussion on the Railway Budget, sources said.
The polling process in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala,
Assasm and Puducherry starts from April 4 and ends on May 10.
The results for all the five states will be announced on May