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Shiv Sena demands Google doodle for late Sena chief Bal Thackeray

"If the image of our great leader is displayed on Google... it would be a great tribute to the him"

After demanding a memorial site and Bharat Ratna for the late Sena chief, the Shiv Sena has now demanded a “Google doodle” dedicated to Bal Thackeray on January 23, his 89th birth anniversary.

Senior leader and Sena MP from Mumbai South Central, Rahul Shewale, has written a letter to Google, demanding a doodle dedicated to Thackeray. Shewale has also written a letter to senior BJP leaders, including Union Minister of Finance and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and Minister of Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, asking them “to do the needful.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shewale said, “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. The search-engine giant has earlier dedicated doodles to Indians like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Srinivasa Ramanujan. Recently, Google doodle also celebrated Anant Pai’s 82nd birth anniversary.

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In his letter to senior BJP leaders, Shewale wrote, “If the image of our great leader is displayed on Google… it would be a great tribute to the real hero who does not require any introduction as he has always been an inspiration to all young people of our country.”

Shewale also wrote that though the Google office in Bandra has processed the application for further procedure, it will take a long time to complete the formalities. The corporator-turned MP also said the Sena had revived its demand for postage stamps in memory of Thackeray.