No winter session!
There will be no winter session of Parliament this time because of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has officially said, ending speculation. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has said in a letter to a Congress MP that all political parties favour scrapping the session to avoid any Covid spread and jumping straight to the Budget session in January. But the Congress says it has not been consulted.
Joshi replied yesterday to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary's letter demanding a session to discuss controversial new farm laws that are at the core of massive farmer protests on highways near Delhi. Chaudhary, the Congress's Lok Sabha leader, had stressed on the need to amend the laws, which he said were rammed through parliament by the government.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya