In 1916, Nehru participated in the Lucknow Session of the Congress. There, after a very long time, member of both the extremist and moderate factions of the Congress party had come. All the members equivocally agreed to the demand for swaraj (self rule). Although the means of the two sections were different, the motive was common freedom.In 1921 Nehru was imprisoned for participating in the first civil disobedience campaign as general secretary of the United Provinces Congress Committee. The life in the jail helped him in understanding the philosophy followed by Gandhi and others associated with the movement. He was moved by Gandhis approach of dealing with caste and untouchablity. With the passing of every minute, Nehru was emerging as a popular leader, particularly in Northern India.In 1922, some of the prominent members including his father Motilal Nehru had left the congress and launched the Swaraj Party. The decision, no doubt upset Jawahar but he rejected the possibility of leaving the Congress party. He was also elected as the president of the Allahabad municipal corporation in 1920.