Speeches and Documents on the Indian Constitution, 1921-47 - Vol. 2

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Legislative Assemblies formed the only possible electorate for the Constituent Assembly, it was not possible, even had we desired to do so, to arrange for Dr Ambedkar's organization to have any special right of election to the Constituent Assembly. It had failed in the elections, and we could not artificially restore its position. The Depressed Classes will, of course, have their full representation through the Congress affiliated organization. We interviewed the leaders of that organization and were convinced of their very genuine and strong desire to support the case of the Depressed Classes.Here again, however, the Advisory Committee on Minorities can provide an opportunity for the reasonable representation of both organizations, and we hope very much that the majority of the Constituent Assembly, in setting up that Advisory Committee, will be generous in their allocation of seats to all the Minorities but particularly to minority organizations which, though they have a considerable following in the country, may have little or no representation in the Constituent Assembly itself. The other Minorities though, of course, each important in their own field, do not I think raise any major questions with which I need here deal. They will all, we hope, be fully represented on the Advisory Committee. I should, however, perhaps draw the attention of the House to one other matter in this respect. Members will observe that in paragraph 20 of the statement of 16th May we deal not only with the rights of citizens--fundamental rights--and of Minorities, but also with Tribal and Excluded Areas. Here again it was impossible to arrange for any worth while representation for these particular interests in the Constituent Assembly, and in consequence we felt that, having regard to the very special nature of the problems raised, it was far better for them to be dealt with by a more specialized body.
VIII. FORMATION OF THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT

His Excellency the Viceroy, Lord Wavell's correspondence with Mr M. A. Jinnah

(A) Letter from Lord Wavell to Mr M. A. Jinnah, 22 July 19461
I declare my intention of replacing the present caretaker Government of officials by an Interim Coalition Government as soon as possible, and am now putting to you as President of the Muslim League and to the President of the Congress the proposals set out below.
2. I think you will probably agree with me that our negotiations both this summer and last year were hampered by the attendant publicity, I am, therefore, seeking your co-operation in conducting, at any rate, the preliminary stages of the negotiations on a strictly personal and secret basis between myself and the two Presidents. I very much hope that you will prevent this correspondence being known to or discussed in the press until we have seen whether we can find some basis of agreement. I realize, of course, that you will have, at some stage, to secure the approval of your Working Committee; but I believe it will be best
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Documents relating to the statement made by the British Cabinet Mission and H.E. the Viceroy on 16 May 1946. ( Constituent Assembly of India, New Delhi, 1947.)

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