The importance of the Lahore session of the Indian National Congress may be summed up as follows:

Firstly, the election of Jawaharlal Nehru to the post of Presidentship of the Congress was a clear indication of the growing strength of the Leftists in the Congress.

Secondly, it was in this session that the Congress for the first time raised the demand for complete independence. Such demand was not raised from the Congress platform earlier. The Lahore Congress accepted the new interpretation for Swaraj which was now to me-M ‘complete independence’.

Thirdly, it was in the Lahore session that the Congress decided not to participate in the first Round Table Conference.


Fourthly, the Nehru Report was declared to be null and void in the Lahore Conference.

Fifthly, another significant decision arrived at in the Lahore Congress was that the Congressmen all <9ver the country will take an Oath of Independence in the midnight of 31st December, 1929.

Sixthly, it was further decided in the Congress that 26 January, 1930 was to be celebrated as the ‘independence Day’. This fake Independence Day under the British rule was to e celebrated to make the Indian national movement more lively.

Seventhly, Lahore Congress also decided to launch a Civil Disobedience Movement with complete independence as its goal. The detailed programme of the movement was, however, to be drawn up by Gandhiji.