In a press conference former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh shared that Legislative Council will be set up in the state of MP. With this the state will become the 8th state to have a bicameral legislature.
According to article 168 of the Indian Constitution, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh currently have provisions for bicameral assembly, i.e. both Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. Jammu Kashmir also have similar provisions but with the virtue of article 370.
The Legislative Council must consist of atleast 40 members and not more than a third of total membership of that state, exceptionally in Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council consist of 36 members as per section 50 of the state constitution.
1/12th of the total members are selected by an electorate consisting of teachers, another 1/12th by registered graduates. Around 1/3rd are elected by members of the Assembly and other 1/3rd by electorates consisting of members of municipalities, district boards and various other local authorities. The remaining members are nominated by the Governor who have distinguished in the fields of literature, science, art, the cooperative movement, or social service.
Legislative Councils are permanent Houses, one-third of their members retire every two years.