Usually, care is taken not to overlap the parliament session with assembly elections.
"The Congress should look at its own track record before pointing fingers at us as far as regard for parliamentary democracy is concerned. It has been done so in the past also", he said.
The session began on November 22 and "continued through the (Gujarat and Himachal) election period, and until after the announcement of the elections till December 20". Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's retort that the ruling party will expose the Congress party in the session sounds more a threat than a proper response to her statement.
"The Congress ran away from meaningful debate be it demonetisation or GST".
He had alleged that the opposition party had delayed a session in 2011 and even earlier because the sittings coincided with election campaigns.
A day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi hit out at the Modi government for sabotaging democracy, senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma and young leader Deepender Hooda addressed a joint press conference to highlight that Parliament had met for 38 days in 2017 against the decadal average of 72.
"Former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh can use defence planes for five years and 10 years respectively but they have problems that why Narendra Modi is using defence planes and helicopters for election purposes".
It had also happened when Indira Gandhi and Chandra Shekhar were prime ministers, he said, adding that the session had started twice after Christmas.