April 5, 1937 to March 19, 1945
popular demand, for more responsible government and for fully sovereign
assemblies, grew stronger and stronger. The British Government held a series of
round table conferences in
Government of India Act, 1935 brought significant change in the political
scenario of the sub-continent. It provided for the constitution of Punjab
Legislative Assembly instead of the Punjab Legislative Council and the office
of President was re-designated as Speaker. The membership of the Assembly was
fixed as 175 divided into various categories1. The election of the first Legislative
Assembly under the said Act was held in 1936. The first sitting of the first
Assembly was held on April 5, 1937 at Council Hall,
The first meeting in the present building was held on November 10, 19381. The term of the Assembly was five years2, however, due to various political developments as well as World War II, the Assembly continued for about eight years and its last sitting was held on March 19, 1945. The Assembly held 368 sittings during its extended life.
1 See subsection (1) of section 61, Government of India Act, 1935.
2 Proceedings, Punjab Legislative Assembly, April 6, 1937, page 18