Politics seems to be stooping low with each passing day. The candidates with money power can win an election from any part of the country, which could be substantiated with the latest and unfortunate incident in which Rs 2 crore in cash were allegedly recovered from a car, belonging to a businessman whose brother is contesting the Rajya Sabha elections from Jharkhand. The recovery of the cash by the Income-Tax department along with dossiers mentioning the names of some MLAs makes it clear that this alleged amount was meant for those MLAs who wanted to help the independent candidate win the RS election. It is better that the Election Commission interfered into the matter, but it will be difficult to say at this juncture that whether the EC will be able to nab those persons who are allegedly involved in horse- trading of these MLAs. It cannot be denied that the Parliament did not take the matter into consideration and a section of MPs even expressed concern over the linking of the matter to the prestige of the Upper House, which is really a matter of great concern. This has no significance at all. Although, each and every party is familiar with the fact that such cases are increasing day- by-day, as candidates with money and muscle power are successful in entering the Upper House, but no one seems to make an effort to put a stop to these practices. It is ludicrous that as soon as the Jharkhand matter came to the fore, demand for taking proper action against the accused has been put forward before the EC.

This is not the first time that MLAs are involved in horse-trading. Such incidents surface at regular intervals and many a times they also succeed in their efforts. It is also a matter of concern that the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are also witnessing the use of money power. It is a pity that political parties lack the will to act in favour of electoral reforms keeping in view the use of increasing money power in the elections. Though the discussions are on against the use of money power in elections, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), time and again, has said that the recommendations regarding electoral reforms are generally put in a cold storage. It is unfortunate that nobody discusses about the political reforms. Now the time has come to think over making the relevance of the Upper House and effective. Similarly, the issue of the post of Governor is relevant in the present context.