What is the 7th Part of the Indian Constitution?

By Devyani Singh|Updated : July 6th, 2022

The 7th Part of the Indian Constitution is one of the 22 original Parts added by our Constitution Committee. This part is the only part since then to have been repealed. It was repealed by the 7th Amendment Act in 1956. 

The Seventh Part comprised just one article (article 238) which was responsible for dealing with the states mentioned under the Part B of the Constitution. 

What was the 7th Part of the Indian Constitution?

When India was newly independent, there were a lot of princely states and independent areas which made it difficult to define the territorial boundary. While the constitution was being framed, the states were categorised into three types- A, B, and C. 

The 7th Part dealt with the states mentioned under Pary B of the classification of states. Part B were the formerly princely states in the Indian territory. These states were Jammu & Kashmir, Hyderabad, Travancore-Cochin, Madhya Bharat, Saurashtra, Mysore, Rajasthan, East Punjab union, and Patiala. 

The State Reorganisation act of 1956, caused by the Seventh Constitutional Amendment, divided the states on a lingual basis. This reorganisation led to the complete removal of the 7th Part as the states under Part B no longer existed. The classification of states was completely removed as well.

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FAQs on the 7th Part of the Indian Constitution

  • The 7th Part of the Indian Constitution dealt with the states mentioned under Part B. These states were the princely states that existed at the time of independence. Part B consisted of the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Hyderabad, Travancore-Cochin, Madhya Bharat, Saurashtra, Mysore, Rajasthan, East Punjab union, and Patiala.

  • The State Reorganisation of 1956 led to the complete removal of Part 7 as the classification which divided the states into three categories (A, B, and C) no longer existed. The states were reorganised on linguistic grounds.

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