Restore secret voting in Rajya Sabha elections

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Dear Editor,
Secret voting for Rajya Sabha elections should be restored. Open-voting system for these elections has virtually given open license for sale of MLAs’ votes by party-bosses for the Upper House of Parliament which has become ‘billionaire’s club’ because of the changed system. In case of secret-voting system, even if some MLA gets paid for voting, he/she cannot be detected for doing so.
As such risk of money paid going waste in case of not getting desired vote keeps chances of purchase of votes low. Nominated Rajya Sabha members are also seen behaving like a spokesperson for ruling party on TV channels. It is not good that provision of having some persons of excellence being nominated to Rajya Sabha is misused to bring active politicians of the appointing ruling party to the upper House of Parliament. System should be formulated whereby collegiums headed by Rajya Sabha Chairperson (Vice President of India) with Prime Minister and Opposition Leader being other members of such a collegiums may reach on consensus on names of persons to be nominated as Rajya Sabha members.
Also it should be ensured that personalities like Lata Mangeshkar may not be nominated as Rajya Sabha members just for adding one more feather to their cap with such persons of eminence not actually attending Rajya Sabha proceedings.
Subhash Chandra Aggarwal
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
New Delhi-110006 (India)

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