Parliament will meet for a five-week session from October 17 to November 21, by when the India-US nuclear deal is expected to go through all processes.
The delay in schedule prompted a sharp reaction from the Left that described the move as “a clear subversion of democracy”.
“The government hopes the US Congress will clear the nuclear deal and wants to face Parliament only after that happens,” said Sitaram Yechury.
The government is also hoping that by the time parliament meets, it would have settled contentious issues like the agitation in Jammu and Kashmir over the Amarnath land row.
“Lok Sabha was not prorogued and it will be the continuation of the earlier session,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
The five-week session will be the second phase of the two-day session, which saw the Manmohan Singh government winning the trust vote.
Ravi, however, sidestepped questions whether it would be the last session of the 14th Lok Sabha. The schedule has raised the possibility that there may not be a winter session that usually begins in November.