Rajiv Gandhi single-handedly changed polity structure to empower rural India: Sonia Gandhi

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the 'Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award' at Jawahar Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday. Speaking at the solemn event, Sonia Gandhi said, "He (Rajiv Gandhi) was responsible, almost single-handedly for changing the structure of our polity by constitution of empowerment of Panchayats and Nagar Palikas through among other things, reservation for women. He brought peace to troubled regions of our country, even if it meant sacrificing elected congress state governments in the process. Most of all Rajiv Gandhi was an unwavering believer that India's unity was actually derived from and strengthened by our incredible diversity."