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Assembly session begins today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The winter session of the Assam Assembly begins tomorrow. The five-day session will conclude on December 11.

Price rise, the law-and-order situation, the �intolerance� debate, NRC updating, among others, are expected to dominate the proceedings.

Meanwhile, the House will be making rearrangement of the sitting facilities for the nine Congress MLAs who joined the BJP recently. This follows a move by the Congress legislature party to that effect, Assembly sources said. There will be no such rearrangement for the two AGP MLAs who joined the BJP, as no such request has come from the party.

It may be mentioned that the Congress party had moved the Assembly Speaker for disqualification of the nine MLAs following their joining the BJP. �The MLAs have been served with a seven-day notice on December 2. Once they reply, the Speaker will take a decision on their disqualification,� sources said.

While Assembly proceedings are increasingly turning lackluster due to the absence of lively debates and meaningful deliberations � not to mention the frequent disruptions like walkouts at the drop of a hat � one would expect the winter session to be a little different, with the Assembly elections knocking at the door.

While the voting on supplementary demands for grants for the year 2015-16 is scheduled for December 9, two amendment Bills � The Assam Gratuity (Amendment) Bill-2015, and The Assam Backward Classes Commission (Amendment) Bill-2015 � will be introduced.

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