On Elections to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council...

Topics: Legislatures, Legislative Assembly, Legislature Pages: 2 (599 words) Published: July 24, 2013
Andhra Pradesh appears to be a source of never ending tamasha and the scheduled elections for Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council is the latest source of entertainment for most us. The elections seem to be giving nightmares to every mainstream political party. There are allegations of cross voting, horse trading, political match fixing, poaching and it is rumored that political parties are spending crores of rupees for every seat in the Legislative Council. The Jagan factor, crisis in the Congress party and the fielding of a candidate by the TRS have mitigated the crisis further.  

 In midst of all these political shenanigans, it seems that nobody has the time or the sense to question the relevance of Legislative Council. What is Legislative Council and what is its role in governance? Why do we require bicameral legislation, after all till 2006 Andhra Pradesh followed unicameral legislature. Hadn’t NTR discontinued the Legislative Council way back in mid eighties?    

The role of the Upper House is to act as the stabilizing force, or as a guide to the Legislative Assembly whose members are popularly elected. It needs to be constituted with eminent personalities who have the sagacity to advice elected leaders. The keyword here is ‘advice.’  Advice is never binding and sound advice comes from well-informed, respected, experienced men and women whose lives are a testimony of their integrity. In bicameral legislation it is expected that the lower house consists of democratically elected leaders who are elected through adult franchise. One of the most important duties of those elected to the lower houses is to rationally elect their advisors (the constituents of Upper House) with due diligence. The Upper House needs to be represented by the intelligentsia (including artists, doctors, scientists, academicians, former policy makers et al.), who otherwise do not have the time and energy to contest general elections, but nevertheless are required to be a part of the...
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