In a video, Amar Prasad Reddy, who heads the state sports and skills development cell of the BJP, claimed that Tamil Nadu had the opportunity to host the Chess Olympiad thanks to the government of The union.
Ahead of the 44th edition of the Chess Olympiad which is due to start in Chennai on Thursday July 28, BJP leaders in the state protested against the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name and images from posters and banners. Tamil Nadu government events publicizing the event. . BJP officials in Tamil Nadu were seen putting portraits of Prime Minister Modi on billboards advertising the Chess Olympiad across Chennai, as part of the Tamil Nadu government’s publicity campaign for the 44th Chess Olympiad. Originally, the posters only showed the image of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin. It comes a day after several BJP officials walked out of a Chess Olympiad torch relay on July 26, upset that Prime Minister Modi’s name was not mentioned during the talk. ‘event.
The 44th Chess Olympiad, to be held in Mamallapuram, begins on July 28 and ends on August 10. The state government has allocated Rs 92.13 crore to organize the event. On Wednesday July 27, Tamil Nadu BJP official Amar Prasad Reddy shared a video on Twitter where he was seen pasting images of the Prime Minister on Chess Olympiad posters with two other people, saying he wanted to remind CM Stalin that Prime Minister Modi is “the only representative of this nation”.
In the video posted on Twitter, Amar Prasad Reddy, who is also the head of BJP’s State Sports and Skills Development Cell, claimed that Tamil Nadu had the opportunity to host the Chess Olympiad thanks to the union government. He said the Chief Minister’s jurisdiction ends in Tamil Nadu and the Chess Olympiad is an international event. He blamed the DMK government for continuing the campaign for the chess event without including Prime Minister Modi’s photograph and called it a “huge mistake”. “This is not a DMK party function. This is a government (sponsored) event. The prime minister’s photograph must be shown,” he said in the video clip. Amar Prasad Reddy also asked all Bureau members and Heads of BJP Sports and Skills Development Cells across Tamil Nadu to stick pictures of Prime Minister Modi on the boards and posters of the BJP Olympiad. ‘chess.
— Amar Prasad Reddy (@amarprasadreddy) July 27, 2022
When asked by PTI if he had obtained permission from the authorities to attach Modi’s portraits to billboards, he replied: “Should the prime minister’s photograph be part of the campaign or not? Portraits of Prime Minister Modi ji definitely need to be part of the publicity. campaign.” When asked again, Reddy told PTI that he did not get permission from the authorities to stick the photographs of Modi on billboards. He said he started fixing the portraits on Wednesday. of the Prime Minister on billboards.
Earlier on July 26, about 10 BJP officials emerged from a Chess Olympiad torch relay held in Coimbatore. BJP officials, who were seated in the front row, walked out in the middle of the event because the organizers and Minister of Tamil Nadu V Senthil Balaji, who attended the event, did not mention the name of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi will arrive in Chennai on July 28 to inaugurate the Chess Olympiad at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. The inauguration ceremony will also be attended by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin, Governor RN Ravi and Union Minister for Youth and Sports Anurag Thakur.
The Chess Olympiad is a biennial team event held over a two-week period. Participants from approximately 190 countries take part in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad was to be held in Moscow between July 26 and August 8. However, the plan was changed after the Russian-Ukrainian War. It would be the second major world event to be held in the country after the 2013 world championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion.
In the absence of powerhouses Russia and China, India will field three teams each in the Open and Women’s sections respectively. The five-time world champion and legendary Viswanathan Anand chose not to play and this time took on the role of mentor. India’s ‘A’ team, ranked second behind the United States, are likely to be among the main contenders for the top prize along with Norway led by Carlsen and Azerbaijan. The next edition, which drew a record 188 teams in the Open section and 162 in the women’s section, would also see six Indian teams in the fray.
India, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Open in Tromso, Norway, won gold with Russia at the 2020 Online Olympiad and clinched a bronze medal at the 2021. The upcoming edition offers a huge opportunity for Indians to claim the yellow metal in the over-the-board edition. Reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen also praised the Indian players and felt the teams could be in contention for medals.
(With PTI inputs)