However, in public, he failed to present any concrete proposals for greaterself-government in the short term, other than a vague commitment toincrease the number of Indian members of theViceroy's Executive Council.Cripps spent much of his time in encouraging Congress leaders and Jinnah tocome to a common, public arrangement in support of the war andgovernment.
There was little trust between the British and Congress by this stage, andboth sides felt that the other was concealing its true plans. The Congressstopped talks with Cripps and, guided by Gandhi, the national leadershipdemanded immediate self-government in return for war support. Gandhi saidthat Cripps' offer of Dominion Status after the war was a "post-dated chequedrawn on a failing bank".Muslim League receptionThe Muslim League rejected the Cripps proposal. Jinnah argued that theproposals were merely a draft declaration and did not meet the demand forPakistan sufficiently and preferred a scheme of United India. At a pressconference on April he argued that there was no clear concession forPakistan in the proposals and he further expressed concern that the Muslimright to self-determination had been ignored. He also expressed criticism forthe exclusion of the Muslim League from the later stage of negotiations. Quit India Movement1942When the British remained unresponsive, Gandhi and the Indian NationalCongress began planning a major public revolt, theQuit India movement,which demanded immediate British withdrawal from India. As theImperialJapanese Armyadvanced closer to India with the conquest ofBurma, Indiansperceived an inability upon the part of the British to defend Indian soil. Theinvasion force contained elements of theIndian National Army, founded andled bySubhas Chandra Boseto end British control of India. It was composedof Indians, most being prisoners captured with the fall of Singapore in early1942. The British response to the Quit India movement was to jail most ofthe Congress leadership.Jinnah's Muslim League condemned the Quit India movement andparticipated in provincial governments as well as the legislative councils ofthe Raj. It encouraged Muslims to participate in the war. With thiscooperation, the British were able to continue administering India for theduration of the war using officials and military personnel where Indianpoliticians could not be found. This would not prove to be feasible in the longterm, however.Quit India Movement 1942TheQuit India Movement(translated into severalIndian languagesastheLeave India Movement), also known as theAugust Movement, was amovement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India CongressCommittee byMahatma Gandhion 8 August 1942, duringWorld War II,demanding an end toBritish Rule of India.
TheCripps Missionhad failed, and on 8 August 1942, Gandhi made a calltoDo or Diein hisQuit India speechdelivered in Bombay at theGowalia TankMaidan.TheAll-India Congress Committeelaunched a mass protestdemanding what Gandhi called "An Orderly British Withdrawal" from India.