June Third Plan (1947)
Though the work of the existing Constituent Assembly was to be continued,
the constitution framed by it was not applicable to those parts of India
unwilling to accept it.
For ascertaining the wishes of the different parts of the country, two
alternative suggestions were made, viz. (i) through the existing Constituent
Assembly which would be joined by the representatives of the dissident parts;
or (ii) through separate constituent assemblies representative of the dissident
In the case of provinces, the following arrangements were made:
         (i) in the Punjab and Bengal the legislative assembly would be
              divided into sections, one for members belonging to the Muslim-
              majority districts and the other for the non-Muslim districts. If
              they opted for partition of the provinces, each section would join
              that constituent assembly preferred by the provinces;
         (ii) the legislative assembly of a province would decide which
              constituent assembly the province would join;
         (iii)in the NWFP this choice would be exercised through a
         (iv) the district of Sylhet in Assam would also decide its choice by
              means of a referendum;
         (v) the governor-general would prescribe the method and mode of
              ascertaining the will of the people of Baluchistan;
         (vi) there would be elections in parts of the Punjab, Bengal and in
              Sylhet to choose representatives for their respective constituent
Negotiations were to be held—(i) between the successor governments
concerning the central subjects; (ii) between the successor governments and
England for treaties in regard to matters arising out of the transfer of power;
(iii) between the parts of the partitioned provinces concerning the
administration of provincial subjects.
With regard to the Indian States, the British government would cease to
exercise the powers of paramountcy. It would then be open to the States to
enter into political relations with the success governments.