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Sessions of the Constituent Assembly .

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. First Session:.
9-23 December, 1946.
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. Second Session:.
20-25 January, 1947.
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. Third Session:.
28 April - 2 May, 1947.
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. Fourth Session:.
14-31 July, 1947.
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. Fifth Session:.
14-30 August, 1947.
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. Sixth Session:.
27 January, 1948.
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. Seventh Session:.
4 November,1948 - 8 January, 1949.
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. Eighth Session:.
16 May - 16 June, 1949.
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. Ninth Session:.
30 July - 18 September, 1949.
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. Tenth Session:.
6-17 October, 1949.
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. Eleventh Session:.
14-26 November, 1949.
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[The Assembly met once again on 24 January, 1950, .
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when the members appended their signatures.
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to the Constitution of India] .
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Constituent Assembly of India.
Timeline.
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9 December 1946:. The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly was held in the
constitution hall (now the Central Hall of Parliament House). Demanding a separa
te state, the Muslim League boycotted the meeting. Sachchidananda Sinha was elec
ted temporary president of the assembly, in accordance with French practice.
11 December 1946:. Rajendra Prasad and H. C. Mukherjee were elected as assembly
president and vice-president, respectively. B. N. Rau appointed its constitution
al adviser.
13 December 1946:. An "objective resolution" was introduced by Jawaharlal Nehru,
laying down the underlying principles of the constitution.
22 January 1947:. Objective resolution unanimously adopted.
22 July 1947:. National flag adopted.
24 January 1950:. "Jana Gana Mana" adopted as the national anthem, with the firs
t two verses of "Vande Mataram" the national song. Rajendra Prasad elected the f
irst president of India.
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The assembly was chaired by Prasad when it met as a constituent body, and by G.
V. Mavlankar when it met as a legislative body. It completed the task of draftin
g a constitution in two years, eleven months and eighteen days, at a total expen
diture of ?6.4million.
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Principal committees and chairs.
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1. Committee on the Rules of Procedure:. Rajendra Prasad.
2. Drafting Committee:. B.R. Ambedkar.

3. Steering Committee:. Rajendra Prasad.


4. Finance and Staff Committee:. Rajendra Prasad.
5. Credential Committee:. Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyyar.
6. House Committee:. B. Pattabhi Sitaramayya.
7. Order of Business Committee:. K. M. Munshi.
8. Ad Hoc Committee on National Flag:. Rajendra Prasad.
9. Committee on Functions of Constituent Assembly:. G.V. Mavlankar.
10. States Committee:. Jawaharlal Nehru.
11. Advisory Committee on Fundamental Rights, Minorities and Tribal and Excluded
Areas:. Vallabhbhai Patel.
12. Minorities Sub-Committee:. H. C. Mookherjee.
13. Fundamental Rights Sub-Committee:. J. B. Kriplani.
14. North-East Frontier Tribal Areas and Assam Excluded & Partially Excluded Are
as Sub-Committee:. Gopinath Bardoloi.
15. Excluded and Partially Excluded Areas (Other than Those in Assam) Sub-Commit
tee:. A. V. Thakkar.
16. Union Powers Committee:. Jawaharlal Nehru.
17. Union Constitution Committee:. Jawaharlal Nehru.
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Members .
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1. Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister.
2. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.
3. B. R. Ambedkar, Minister for Law; Chairman of Drafting Committee.
4. Maulana Azad, Minister for Education.
5. Rajendra Prasad, Chair.
6. C. Rajagopalachari, Governor-General of India.
7. Sarat Chandra Bose, Governor-General.
8. Krishna Sinha, Chief Minister, Bihar.
9. Binodanand Jha, Chief Minister, Bihar.
10. Shyam Nandan Prasad Mishra.
11. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Bihar.
12. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai.
13. Asaf Ali.
14. Galib Sahib.
15. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, President, Hindu Mahasabha.
16. Moturi Satyanarayana, Freedom Fighter.
17. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Minister for Health.
18. Hansa Mehta, President, All India Women's Conference.
19. N. G. Ranga.
20. Deep Narayan Singh2nd Chief Minister and Father of co-operative in Bihar..
21. P. Subbarayan.
22. Kailashnath Katju.
23. N. G. Ayyangar.
24. T. T. Krishnamachari.
25. Rameshwar Prasad Sinha.
26. Durgabai Deshmukh.
27. K. M. Munshi.
28. Krishana Ballabh Sahay.
29. Frank Anthony, Anglo-Indian representative.
30. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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John Mathai.
Pratap Singh Kairon.
Chandrashekhar Singh, Chief Minister of Bihar.
Bharat Ratna Chidambaram Subramaniam.

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