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No rally on Tiger?s birthday

Bal Thackeray has decided this year not to address his partymen on his birthday, which falls on January 23, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 03:30 IST

Breaking an almost 40-year-old tradition, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has decided not to address his partymen on his  80th birthday, which falls on January 23.

Sena party secretary Vinayak Raut confirmed that Thackeray would not hold a rally on January 23.

“Balasaheb insisted that since he would be addressing two elections rallies at the end of the month (for the civic elections in Mumbai on January 28 and in Thane on January 29), there is no need to have a separate event on his birthday.”

Though the rally has been cancelled, the party’s local units across the state will celebrate the Sena chief’s birthday, said Raut.

Incidentally, this is the second time in the last six months that an ailing Thackeray has cancelled a traditional rally.

In October 2006, Thackeray cancelled the Dassera rally (held every year at Shivaji Park.

Thackeray’s birthday has always been a big event for the Sena.

The party celebrates the chief’s birthday, which is also the foundation day of party mouthpiece Saamna, at a city auditorium every year.

Thackeray used to address party workers and speak about his views and ideologies at the rallies.

Email Sanjeev Shivadekar: sanjeev.shivadekar@hindustantimes.com