Conferring the country's highest civilian honour -- the Bharat Ratna -- for five-time World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand became focused with AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa saying 'Anand certainly deserves it.'
She said "Viswanathan Anand certainly deserves Bharat Ratna". She was responding to query from on growing demand that Anand be conferred with the Bharat Ratna. When asked for his reaction during a press meet on Sunday about this, Anand said he would not lobby for it. Ms Jayalalithaa congratulated Anand for winning the World Chess crown for the fifth time and third in succession when he defeated Challenger Israeli Boris Gelfand in the rapid tie-break at Moscow last week.