Concerned at the growing intensity of the Civil Disobedience Movement Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India, opened negotiations with Gandhiji.
The negotiation eventually led to the signing of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact in 1931. The main provisions among many others were as follows:
(a) The Civil Disobedience Movement was to be withdrawn
(b) Peaceful picketing was allowed, but picketing for the boycott of foreign goods was not to be allowed beyond a limit permissible by law.
(c) The National Congress was to participate in the Second round Table Conference.
(d) Notifications declaring associations unlawful were to be withdrawn. Such were the principal provisions of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact.