Hailing AICC president Sonia Gandhi for getting the Women's Reservation Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha, women wing of the Andhra Pradesh Congress today demanded that she be awarded Bharat Ratna for her valuable contribution for the empowerment of women in the country.
"We have faxed our demand to President Pratibha Patil already. We will meet her soon and request her to confer Bharat Ratna on madam Soniaji," state Mahila Congress president K Ganga Bhavani said here.
She said a resolution has also been passed in this regard by the Congress' women wing.
Gandhi Bhavan, the headquarters of the state Congress Committee, wore a festive look today with party members distributing sweets, bursting crackers, lighting sparklers and dancing with joy over the passage of the women's reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The party members hit out at RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav for opposing the bill.
"The behaviour of MPs who tried to snatch away and tear the papers was abominable. If Lalu has so much love for dalits, then why had he made his wife (Rabri Devi) chief minister. He could had made a dalit leader the chief minister," T Venkata Ratnam, a woman Congress leader, said.