Indian members of the Legislative Council of Fiji

Indian Members Of The Legislative Council Of Fiji

Indian members of the Legislative Council of Fiji

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The number of Fiji Indians that could be elected to the Legislative Council was fixed over the years as follows:
  • 1916 - 1929 - one nominated member.
  • 1929 - 1937 - three elected members.
  • 1937 - 1963 - three elected and two nominated members.
  • 1963 - 1966 - four elected and two nominated.
  • 1966 - 1972 - nine elected from communal constituencies and three from cross-voting constituencies.

List of Indian members

  • Badri Maharaj (1916–1923, 1926–1929) was the first Indian member of the Legislative Council in Fiji. He was nominated by the Governor in 1916 and was not very popular with Fiji Indians who wanted Manilal Doctor to be their representative. Maharaj resigned in 1923 in opposition to a proposed poll tax, but was re-nominated in 1926. He remained a member until 1929 when Indians were elected for the first time.
  • Vishnu Deo (1929, 1937–1959) was first elected in 1929, but sat in the Council for only 2 weeks before walking out in protest at his proposal for common roll not being accepted. He was ineligible to contest the 1932 election, having been convicted for publishing inappropriate material. He re-entered the Council in 1937 and remained a member, representing the Southern Constituency, until 1959 when he retired due to ill-health. He was elected to the Executive Council in 1956.
  • James Ramchandar Rao (1929) was one of the three Fiji Indians elected to the Legislative Council of Fiji in October 1929 when Indians in Fiji were given the first opportunity to......
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