Member of Legislative Council (MLC)
Members of Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council) are called Member of Legislative Council (MLCs). The bills proposed by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) are discussed and deliberated by MLC’s. They play a role similar to that of Rajya Sabha members at the center.
MLCs can either be nominated members of the legislature or are elected by a restricted electorate of individuals such as teachers and lawyers. The MLCs are mostly either experts from various fields or influential people from diverse backgrounds. To be appointed as an MLC, one must be a citizen of India and at least 30 years of age. Additionally, to qualify, one has to mentally sound and enrolled on the voters' list of the state from which they are contesting an election.
A person can not simultaneously be an MLC and be a Member of Parliament or a Member of the State Legislative Assembly. MLCs serve their term for a period of 6 years. After every two years, one-third of the members of Legislative Council retire, similar to the members of the Rajya Sabha.
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