Who was the First President of the Constituent Assembly of India?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

The First President of the Constituent Assembly of India was Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha. Later, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected President of the Constituent Assembly of India. The members of the Constituent Assembly were indirectly elected by the provincial assemblies that co-existed with the princely states.

First President of Indian Constituent Assembly

Dr. Sachidanand Sinha was appointed the first president of the Constituent Assembly of India. He was an Indian lawyer and a Parliamentarian. He was also a member of the Imperial Legislative council between 1910 and 1920.

  • He was appointed as the Deputy President of the Indian Legislative Assembly in 1921.
  • His notable work includes the first president of the Constituent Assembly of India and some eminent Indian Contemporaries.
  • Dr. Sachidanand Sinha was one of the Vice-Chancellors of Patna University and held the position for eight years, from 1936 to 1944.
  • He built Sinha Library in 1924 in honor of his wife, Radhika.
  • He also held the position of Speaker in the Bihar and Orissa Legislative Councils.
  • He was appointed Finance Member and Executive Councilor of the Bihar and Orissa governments.
  • Thus, Dr. Sachidanand Sinha was the first Indian to be appointed as a Finance Member of a province.

Constituent Assembly

The Constituent Assembly was formed with the purpose of framing the Constitution of the country. It was supposed to have 389 members, but the Muslim League boycotted it. As a result, the areas included in Pakistan did not become members of the Indian Constituent Assembly. Moreover, the Assembly was dominated by members from Congress.

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