It was then that the Congress elected Subhash Chandra Bose
as its president and in the 51st Congress session held in Haripura in Gujarat with Bose in the chair praised Gandhi’s leadership and declared that his leadership is unavoidable for the party and the country.
This session of the party was successful to a great extent in bringing about a working unity among various groups within the party. But Gandhi found that the congressmen had been indulging in unethical practices, and their moral standard disappointing.
He also saw that the Hindu-Muslim unity has suffered serious set back of late. Though he was not a member of the Congress, he thought he had a moral responsibility to intervene and reclaim the original moral strength of the party.
There were several rounds of communication between the Congress and Jinnah
, the leader of the Muslim League. Gandhi
too contacted the Muslim leader on his own, and on another occasion in the company of Subhash Chandra Bose, the Indian National Congress President.
Nothing seemed to be productive. Gandhi called upon the people not to get trapped by the machinations of the communalists.