Mumbai, Jan 17: Ahead of 89th birth anniversary of Shiv Sena patriarch, Bal Thackeray, the party has now demanded a "Google doodle" dedicated to the late Sena chief on Jan 23. A Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South Central, Rahul Shewale, has even written a letter to search-engine giant Google in this regard.
As per an Indian Express report, Shewale was quoted as saying, "A Google doodle always represents the significance of that particular day. Since Balasaheb Thackeray is a renowned leader who has worked towards the benefit of people, we have demanded a doodle to be dedicated to the leader on his birthday."
A Google doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google's homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.
Previously, Google has dedicated doodles to Indians like Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Sarojini Naidu, Kishore Kumar, etc. Recent Google doodle marked the 82nd birth anniversary of Anant Pai.
The search-engine giant has earlier dedicated doodles to Indians like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Srinivasa Ramanujan. Google doodle also celebrated India's Republic Day and Independence Day.
Shiv Sena has already demanded a memorial and Bharat Ratna for Bal Thackeray.
Two years after the death of Bal Thackeray, the party is planning to come out with a movie on its founder on his birth anniversary next month. The party has already created a buzz on social media with pictures of the late Sena patriarch saying, Tumhi Bolavlat.
There was a demand from the party cadre to come up with a movie on their leader. The film will be released on Jan 23 with much fanfare.