Our Constitution promises freedom of speech and expression to everyone except MPs and MLAs. They lost their right to speak their mind in 1985. It is this right to speak freely that former Congress leader Kabil Sibal wants to secure for all elected representatives. While filing his nomination for the Rajya Sabha election as an independent candidate, he stated that he would strive for the scrapping of the 10th schedule of the Constitution. Popularly, referred to as the anti-defection law, it punishes elected representatives for not publicly towing the party line.