No short session of Parliament in May

A short session of Parliament in mid-May was ruled out by the Government on Friday after it recommended prorogation of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha hours after their sine die adjournment.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 21:17 PM IST

New Delhi: A short session of Parliament in
mid-May was ruled out by the Government on Friday after it
recommended prorogation of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
hours after their sine die adjournment.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on
Parliamentary Affairs headed by Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ashwani Kumar
said after the CCPA meeting that the idea of an intermediate
session in May has been given up and the next session would be
the full-fledged Monsoon session.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had said
earlier that several political parties had opposed the idea of
an intermediate session and wanted the Monsoon session to be
made a seven-week affair rather than a month-long one.

The talk in political circles is that the Monsoon session
could start in the first week of July.

The Budget Session, which concluded today, was earlier
scheduled to have a second phase in April. But, it was
dispensed with in view of assembly elections in five states.
The shortest Budget session in recent years came to a
close after acrimony over diverse issues ranging from the CVC
controversy to the cash-for-votes scam.

A highlight of the month-long session having 23 sittings
was the setting up of the Joint Parliamentary Committee to
probe the 2G spectrum scam, an issue that had washed out the
entire Winter Session.

PTI