Khan, wrote back that the Punjab Government was not going to
         release them.
    •    In October, 1942, Allah Bukhsh, the Chief Minister of Sind, was
         dismissed by the Governor arbitrarily. The reason was that the Chief
         Minister had expressed doubts in the claim of the British Government
         that it was fighting the World War II in the interest of the people.
         When Allah Bukhsh gave up his title of Khan Bahadur, the Governor
         dismissed him immediately, although he enjoyed the solid support of
         the legislature.
    •    In Sind, Bengal and NWFP, the governors showed undue favour to
         the League and tried to keep it in power in spite of its poor strength in
         the assembly. It was clearly unconstitutional. Shri Shyama Prasad
         Mukherjee was constrained to say that the Governor of Bengal, in
         view of his pro-Muslim leaning, ought to have been on the Muslim
         League benches.
Working of the Ministries
Conventions and Precedents The responsible governments in the
provinces functioned quite freely for two years. As a matter of convention,
the leader of the majority party in the assembly was invited to form the
ministry. Every ministry held its office till it enjoyed the confidence of the
assembly. The allocation of portfolios, which was constitutionally to be done
by the Governors, was in practice, done on the advice of the leader of the
majority party.
Principle of Joint Responsibility The ministries worked also on the
principle of joint responsibility. The members of the assembly could put
questions to the ministers and demand information. The assembly could also
obtain the resignation of the ministry; by passing a vote of no-confidence.
The Congress chief ministers in all the provinces, made it a point to include
Muslims in the cabinet. In Orissa, the Congress refused to do so because
there was no eminent Muslim to be given a ministerial post. The Muslims
started an agitation against it and waited on the Governor. The Governor told
the Muslims that although he could not interfere, he could assure them that
their interests would not suffer