In what can be termed “political opportunism,” the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance Cabinet have decided to accept the DMK's demand for the creation of a Legislative Council in Tamil Nadu. At a time when there are discussions on whether an upper house is needed at the national-level, one fails to understand why parties want to create a new legislative council, unless it is for pampering some not-so-popular leaders and constituencies. Why not abolish the Rajya Sabha itself and instead nominate a certain number of eminent personalities to the Lok Sabha?

B.C.U. Nair,