Stop hiding, open Parliament: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi's attendance record That's what BJP is hitting back with in row over Parliament Winter Session

Govt says dates of 'full-fledged' winter session will be out soon after Sonia Gandhi's attack

The Congresss track record has been "tainted" when it comes to Parliamentary democracy and it should not preach the Centre on the issue, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today.

Defending the delay in the convening of the session in the view of the Gujarat polls, he said leaders are busy in campaigning and added wryly that the government will consider Congress' request if it promises that it leaders, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, will attend it diligently.

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Chairing her last meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the government for "sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament".

"The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session on flimsy grounds". "It has been a tradition and it has happened several times that Parliament sessions are rescheduled when an election is happening". Parliament has three sessions - Budget, Monsoon and Winter sessions. The government is considering a truncated Winter Session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December, sources said.

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Kharge also accused the prime minister of "destroying" the temple of democracy due to Gujarat elections next month.

He alleged that the Congress was levelling allegations out of desperation and frustration as it would be routed in assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. "(Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that", the BJP leader added. "I leave it to wisdom of journalists to find out how much time he spends in the House", he said. "It is a party which had locked the Parliament during Emergency", Naqvi said.

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