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The attitude of British government towards congress during 1885-1905

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Instead the government encouraged the elements hostile to the Congress like Aligarh Movement and Raja Shiva Prashad of Banaras.

The British attitude became even more hostile to the Congress under Lord Curzon whose greatest ambition was to assist the Congress to a peaceful demise.

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The government under Curzon wanted to weaken the nationalist elements in general and Congress in particular by driving the wedge amongst the leader in the name of religion and communalize the Indian politics by partitioning Bengal in 1905, on communal grounds.

On the contrary partition of Bengal further fanned the nationalist discontent and strengthened the base of Congress which graduated to become movement supported by people irrespective of socio-economic, religious and cultural differences.

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