The Communal award of Ramsay MacDonald provided for :
1. Separate electorates to Muslims, Sikhs, Indian Christians and Anglo-Indians
2. Special constituencies for depressed classes
3. Election of women on communal basis from special constituencies
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [C] 1, 2 & 3

  1. Separate electorates were to be created for Muslims, Sikhs, Indian Christians, and Anglo-Indians.
  2. Members of the depressed classes were to vote in general constituencies but certain special constituencies were also to be created for them.
  3. Muslims were to retain their current weightage in provinces where they were in a minority.
  4. Women were to be elected on a communal basis from special constituencies.
  5. In Punjab, Muslims were to be allotted 51 percent of the seats, the Sikhs 18.8 percent, and the Hindus 27 percent.
  6. In Bengal, Muslims were to be assigned 48.4 percent of the seats, the Europeans 10 percent, and the Hindus 39.2 percent

The award gave a statutory majority to the Muslims in Punjab, and de facto statutory majority to them in Bengal. Unlike the Muslims and the Sikhs, the non-Muslims (i.e., Hindus), were not given any weightage in provinces in which they were a minority.

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