The state government has convened a week-long legislative assembly session at its winter seat Dharamsala from December 5 to 12.
This will be the seventh session of the 12th Vidhan Sabha. The winter session will have seven sittings. Governor Urmila Singh issued a notification for the same. The assembly will be in session even on Saturday.
Winter session of the Vidhan Sabha is expected to witness debates on public issues, and this time assumes more significance since Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government will complete two years in office on December 25.
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised the government's functioning for its sluggish pace. Important bills will be deliberated in the Vidhan Sabha this time. Revenue, health and law minister Kaul Singh Thakur has also been under fire for poor fiscal health of the state.
The BJP has accused the Congress of fund mismanagement. Poor conditions of roads across the state has also cropped up as one of the major issues against the Congress government. The BJP also embarked on a week-long foot march in protest to the bad condition of the Theog-Rohru state highway. “The BJP will raise issues of immense public importance in Vidhan Sabha this time.” said opposition leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
The legislature will meet after the monsoon session of the assembly that was prematurely called off following a standoff between the opposition BJP and the ruling Congress.
The state cabinet will meet on November 25 to finalise the agenda for the winter session. It is expected that the bill to regularise illegal structure will be brought in the house again.