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The Congress today termed as "unfortunate" the remarks by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against party president Sonia Gandhi, who had accused the Modi government of sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds. The party also denounced Congress for making it appear like the session was being delayed for the first time.

Jaitley however said the Winter session will take place which the government is intending to postpone due to the Gujarat election on November 9 and Nov.14.

Jaitley had yesterday said the winter session of Parliament would be held and the Congress stands "totally exposed". However, the government is yet to finalise the dates for the sitting. It has been done so in the past also, ” he told PTI when asked about the Congress accusation that the government was sabotaging the winter session.

"Changing the schedule of Parliament session during elections is nothing new".

He said, "The truth does not go away because you hide from it. Modi ji, stop hiding and open the Parliament so the truth of what you did on Rafale can be heard by the nation".

"While Congress boycotted Parliament when government agreed for a debate on demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi had sough proof of surgical strikes", he said.

"I have talked to many ministers, the Speaker, Lok Sabha Secretary General, but no one knows the dates of Parliament session. (Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that", the BJP leader added.

"We are surprised at the Congress' sudden respect for dignity of Parliament".

"We want to take a very clear distinction that the election in a state has never come in the way of the summoning or convening of the Parliament sessions in the past", he said. In 2003, under prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the session began a day after the votes were cast for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on December 1.