NEW DELHI : The budget session of Parliament has been extended by eight working days till 7 August, Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The session, which began on 17 June, was earlier scheduled to conclude on Friday.

“I have an important proposal. Since government has more than 17 bills which are proposed to be considered through this House, I propose through you that the session be extended till 7 August," Joshi said in the House soon after the triple talaq bill was passed.

The decision is expected to draw a sharp protest from the Opposition parties who are against an extension.

There is a view in the government that after the ongoing session, crucial bills would be pending till the winter session.

The timing of the winter session, which is expected to start in November is important as key assembly elections are also scheduled around that time.