|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Jan 23: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of Shiv Sena paid rich tributes to party founder the great Bala Saheb Thackeray on his birth anniversary and distributed food and warm clothes among needy and poor.
A tribute programme was held at party office Jammu, while paying homage to Bala Saheb, state president Manish Sahni said that although the Hindu hriday samrat , Bala Saheb is physically not among us but his thoughts and ideology lives in the heart of every Shiv sanik.
Born in Pune on 23 January 1926, Bala Saheb was the first charismatic and powerful leader in independent India.
Bala Saheb Thackeray started his career as a cartoonist in one of the Mumbai newspaper and founded the Shiv Sena in 1966 which has now grown leaps and bounds, following his principles and ideologies, Sahni said, "Bala Saheb used to say that Shiv Sena is not just a political party, but an army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which will work for society and religion more than politics. Bala Saheb was the first person to raise his voice in favour of India as Hindu nation,".
"Be it a warning to those who disturbed the Amarnath Yatra of Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir Valley or the demolition of the controversial structure at Ayodhya, Bala Saheb always spoke with boldness and courage, without any fear," Sahni reminisced.
On this occasion president wing Meenakshi Chhibber, chairman Rakesh Gupta general secretary Vikas Bakshi, GI Singh, working president Ashwani Gupta, vice president Romesh Gupta, Sanjeev Kohli, secretary Raj Singh, Balwant Singh, joint-secretaries Bodhraj, Raju Salaria, Sikandar Singh, Parveen Gupta, Sanjeev Soodan, Geeta Lakotra, Rajesh Handa, Mamta Devi, Dimple and many leaders and activists attended.