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Modi govt sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: Attacking Narendra Modi over the delay in the winter session of Parliament, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi on Monday accused the Prime Minister of "lacking the courage to face" the Houses.

The dates for the winter session of the parliament, which usually begins in November and runs for four weeks, has not been announced yet as Modi along with other top ministers are campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections to be held on December 9.

"Modi government, in arrogance, has cast dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds. It's mistaken if it thinks by locking temple of democracy, it'll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections," Sonia told at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi.

She added that the Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill-prepared and flawed Goods and Services Tax (GST) but lacks the courage to face Parliament.

Intensifying her attack at the Centre and Modi, Sonia said, "A year later, demonetisation has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers. The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed."

Opponents like Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and the Congress leaders have said the government is ducking facing the opposition's questions over the economic slowdown that has registered after the twin reforms of demonetisation and the new national sales tax or GST.
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