“Even Viswanathan Anand would avoid a game of chess with Amit Shah given his insight,” says NCP
Suspicious of Amit Shah’s skill, even Vishy Anand would avoid a game of chess with him, Chhagan Bhujbal told the two-day special session of the Maharashtra Assembly. Significantly, in an unexpected move, the BJP appointed Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde as Maharashtra’s chief minister, who was sworn in on June 30. This is despite the BJP being the largest assembly party in Maharashtra.
NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Bhujbal during the extraordinary session of Maharashtra Assembly just before Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat rose to deliver the congratulatory message to new BJP chairman Rahul Narwekar said, “Vishwanathan Anand has defeated some of the best in the world. chess players and is therefore a world famous chess player. When asked if he would continue to play chess? He replied that he would no longer be able to continue playing the game because Interior Minister Amit Shah’s single move leaves me clueless as to which piece on the chessboard was where.”
BJP presidential candidate Rahul Narwekar outnumbers Sena’s Rajan Salvi
BJP candidate for assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar (164 votes) beat Sena candidate MLA Rajan Salvi (107 votes). Significantly, the office of President had been vacant since February 4, 2021, when Congress Leader Nana Patole resigned from her position to become Congress President of Maharashtra. What ensued was a long battle between former CM Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
MVA’s differences with the governor on the elections of presidents
On December 27, Uddhav Thackeray wrote to the governor for arranging the election for president, however, the latter cited its “unconstitutionality” and rejected the request, as the rules had been changed to organize the election of the president. . It can only be conducted with an open voting system rather than a secret ballot.
The governor, through his secretary, again disapproved of the MVA alliance’s request for the presidential election to be held on March 16 this year, citing that the matter was sub-judicial as the BJP MP Girish Mahajan had filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against an amendment allowing the election of the president. be conducted through an open voting system by voice and show of hands instead of a secret ballot. However, the governor authorized the holding of this election on July 3 after the swearing in of the government led by Eknath Shinde.