Viceroy Linlithgow declared India at war with Germany on 3 September 1939.

The Congress objected strongly to the declaration of war without prior consultation with Indians.

The Congress Working Committee suggested that it would cooperate if there were a central Indian national government formed, and a commitment made to India’s independence after the war.

The Muslim League promised its support to the British.

Linlithgow refused the demands of Congress.

On 22 October 1939, it called upon all Congress ministries to tender their resignations.

Both Viceroy Linlithgow and Muhammad Ali Jinnah were pleased with the resignations.

The Muslim League proactively declared 22 December 1939, as a ‘Day of Deliverance’ from the oppression of ‘Congress Raj’.


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