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The 1946 Punjab Elections

The 1946 Punjab Elections
The 1946 Punjab Elections
On August 21st 1945 the viceroy announced that elections would be held that Winter to the Central and Provincial Legislative Assemblies. They were to precede the convention of a constitution-making body for British India. The Muslim League had to succeed in this crucial test if its popular support of its demand for Pakistan was to be credible. In particular it had to succeed in the Punjab as there could be no Pakistan without that province. But in the Punjab's last elections held in 1937 the League had fared disastrously. It had put forward a mere seven candidates for the 85 Muslim seats and only two had been successful. In the 1946 elections the League won 75 of the total Muslim seats. This improvement in its performance which had momentous implications for the future for the subcontinent requires explanation.
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Talbot, Ian
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Talbot, Ian
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Talbot, Ian (1980) The 1946 Punjab Elections. Modern Asian Studies, 14 (1), 65-93. (doi:10.1017/S0026749X00012178).

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On August 21st 1945 the viceroy announced that elections would be held that Winter to the Central and Provincial Legislative Assemblies. They were to precede the convention of a constitution-making body for British India. The Muslim League had to succeed in this crucial test if its popular support of its demand for Pakistan was to be credible. In particular it had to succeed in the Punjab as there could be no Pakistan without that province. But in the Punjab's last elections held in 1937 the League had fared disastrously. It had put forward a mere seven candidates for the 85 Muslim seats and only two had been successful. In the 1946 elections the League won 75 of the total Muslim seats. This improvement in its performance which had momentous implications for the future for the subcontinent requires explanation.

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Published date: February 1980
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 393416
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/393416
ISSN: 0026-749X
PURE UUID: 0567331e-907c-43a3-9be2-a0774e1b3bb8

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:08

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Author: Ian Talbot

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