Why Not A Secret Ballot?
Some of the procedural protocols of the Rajya Sabha election are mystifying. Why should an MLA show his vote to his own party’s polling agent as permitted? Evidently to know which member has cross-voted so that his name can be reported to the high command. But why should an MLA show his voting slip to a polling agent in the Opposition? That is the million-dollar question. Why are parties shy of secret balloting? The answers are linked to the necessity for a change in the Anti-Defection Law.