6th April 1950
My dear Panditji,
I hereby tender my resignation of my office as Minister. I hope you will kindly relieve me as early as possible.
The reason for my resignation, as I have communicated to you, arises out of the policy pursued regarding Indo-Pakistan relationship, especially relating to Bengal. The Agreement which, I suppose, will be finalised today does not touch the basic problem and is not likely to offer any solution. I can under no circumstances be a party to it.
Apart from the fact that it will bring little solace to the sufferers, it has certain features which are bound to give rise to fresh communal and political problems in Bharat, the consequences of which we cannot foresee today. In my humble opinion, the policy you are following will fail. Time alone can prove this.
It has been a privilege to work in the first Cabinet of Free Bharat for two and a half years and may I thank you for the opportunity you gave me to do so?
Syama Prasad Mookerjee
Hon’ble Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,
(Source: Document identifier number PP_000000005559, National Archives of India )
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