Bal Thackeray’s b’day passes as a low-key affair

Thane: Owing to the model code of conduct in effect, the birthday celebrations of political leaders, including Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, who turns 86 today, is a simple affair- without any cut-outs, hoardings and banners at public places.

Due to the ongoing model code of conduct for the upcoming Zilla Parishad and municipal polls in the state, the party workers cannot put up banners, arches, banners at public places and junctions. They cannot even hold promotional functions and competitions due to the election code, sources in the party's district unit said.

Similarly, the party workers will not be able to celebrate the birthday of late Sena leader Anand Dighe on January 27. Likewise, there would be no celebrations on MLA Eknath Shinde's birthday on February 9, they said.