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"hen the Muslim League was formed in 1906, it was a relatively moderate organisation with a pro-British stance. After the First World War, the Viceroy Lord Chelmsford had solicited reform suggestions from Indians in return for the Indian support to the British war effort. The Muslim League led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah wanted to use this opportunity to press for constitutional reforms through a joint Hindu-Muslim platform. Jinnah was then a member of both the parties and he was largely responsible for the Pact. This was the first time that leaders of both the INC and the Muslim League were meeting for a joint session. At the meeting, the leaders consulted with each other and drafted a set of demands for constitutional reforms. In October 1916, 19 elected Indian members of the Imperial Legislative Council addressed a memorandum to the Viceroy seeking reforms. In November 1916, leaders from both the parties met again in Calcutta and discussed and amended the suggestions. Finally, at their respective annual sessions held at Lucknow in December 1916, the INC and the League confirmed the agreement. This came to be known as the Lucknow Pact. For his efforts, Sarojini Naidu gave Jinnah the title ‘the Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity."

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