New Delhi: The Maharashtra Government has asked the Centre to bestow the prestigious Bharat Ratna to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule for his contribution to society.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Phule has made an unparalleled contribution towards social reforms and deserves the Bharat Ratna for that.

Phule was an activist, social reformer and theologist from Maharashtra who, along with his wife, Savitribai Phule, pioneered women's education in India.