The Congress dismissed the possibility of a special session of Parliament to discuss the nuclear deal and asserted that there would be a regular, though perhaps, a shorter version of the winter session.
No dates have been fixed so far. But it is likely to be held sometime after Diwali to give the members a couple of weeks to transact business before they head for Gujarat for the December 11 and 16 assembly polls in which the stakes for both the BJP and the Congress are high. Generally, the winter session starts around the third week of November and concludes before Christmas. But this time, the session may be advanced slightly, sources said.
With the UPA and the Left caught in a stalemate on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the government had sometime last month offered a special session of Parliament to debate the issue, provided the communists could ensure that the BJP allowed the House to run.