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Raj Thackeray

About Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

Personal Biography

Raj Thackeray is the nephew of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. He is the cousin of the current Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray.

Professional Career

2013 Timeline

Commenting on the 2012 Delhi gangrape incident, Raj Thackeray has blamed the rape on Bihari migrants. Speaking at a programme at Goregaon, he said most of the rapists are Bihari migrants. The comment has been slammed by the Congress unit in Maharashtra. Jan 5, 2013

2012 Timeline

In September 2012, Raj Thackeray supported Aseem Trivedi who was arrested on sedition charges for insulting national symbols in his cartoons.

Jet Airways staff layout episode

In October 08, Jet Airways decided to cut 800 cabin crew and reduce services to cut costs. The number was later raised to 1100. The sacked employees met Raj Thackeray who warned Jet Airways that none of its flights will take off from Mumbai if the airline continued with its policy of laying off employees because of the crisis affecting the aviation sector. Jet Airways withdrew its layoff decision later.

Raj Thackeray arrest in North Indians attack case

Raj Thackeray was granted bail till October 24 after a Kalyan court sent him to 14-day judicial custody till November 5 in connection with a case of attack against North Indians. The Mumbai Police arrested Raj from a guest house in Ratnagiri after a case was registered against him following Sunday's attack by MNS workers on North Indian candidates appearing in a rail exam in suburb Kherwadi. Raj has been charged under Sections 153, 353, 336, 425 and 427 of IPC, police sources said. His arrest has triggered violence across Maharashtra, with the police resorting to lathi-charge in several parts to dispel the protesters. In February 09, the Jharkhand court warned Raj Thackeray about seizure of property if he failed to appear before the court by April 2, 09. Few days before, a non-bailable warrant has been issued by the same court when he failed to appear in court despite a warrant being served on him. Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi has permitted the prosecution of Thackeray in connection with the case.


2008 hate speeches against North Indians

The courts in Jamsehdpur and Muzaffarpur also issued non-bailable warrants against Raj Thackeray on 16 December 2008 and 11 November 2009.

Tees Hazari Court orders FIR
The Tees Hazari Court in New Delhi on 27 September 2012 has ordered the Sabzi Mandi police station to register a First Information Report (FIR) for the alleged hate speech of Raj Thackeray against north Indians. The Delhi Police earlier submitted an action-taken-report and told the court that it faces several legal hurdles in lodging an FIR against Raj Thackeray.

On 28 September 2012, Fresh non-bailable warrants have been issued against Raj Thackeray for not appearing in the Delhi Court to respond to two complaints filed against him accusing him of making hate speeches against north Indians in 2008.

Anti-Bihari remarks

Raj Thackeray threatened to brand Biharis in Maharashtra as infiltrators. His comments came after Bihar Chief Secretary warned Mumbai police against picking up suspects hailing from Bihar without following due process. His remarks were criticized by political parties. A case under the charges of sedition was also filed in Muzaffarpur court in Bihar. Referring to the remarks, Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar described Raj Thackeray as deranged who would do anything for publicity.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate against Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray for making provocative statements, the Chief judicial magistrate of the Muzaffarpur court SP Singh has ordered the police to file a FIR against the Thackeray cousins.

Raj Thackeray in News

Politicians visit Salman Khan at his Bandra residence
Politicians Raj Thackeray and Nitish Rane and Actor Aamir Khan called on Salman Khan

India News on March 9, 2014
India News and Headlines on March 9, 2014

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray comes out in support of his nephew
Bal Thackeray says no one should advocate the case of those who vandalized Amar Jawan Jyoti

MNS to go ahead with rally to protest August 11 violence
MNS insists the rally from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan will be peaceful

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray discharged from Lilavati Hospital
Bal Thackeray discharged from hospital without endoscopy

Bal Thackeray admitted to Lilavati hospital
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray admitted to Lilavati hospital

Presidential voting in India concludes
Pranab Mukherjee and PA Sangma in race as presidential voting concludes in India. Results to be declared on Sunday.

Justice Katju flays anti-migrant rhetoric
Chairman of Press Council of India (PCI) Justice Markandey Katju has condemned the anti-migrant ideology of certain regional outfits like the Maharashtra Navanirmana Sena (MNS).

Sushil Modi expresses relief over reconciliation on Mumbai anti-migrant rhetoric
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday expressed relief over reconciliation on anti-migrant rhetoric made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

Nitish to arrive in Mumbai today for 'Bihar Divas' celebrations
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will arrive here on Saturday to participate in the 'Bihar Divas' celebrations.

Nitish not to pursue any political motive during his visit: Raj Thakeray
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will not pursue any political motive during his visit to Maharashtra.

Opposing Nitish's Mumbai visit will be against country's unity, integrity: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday backed Nitish Kumar's decision to attend the 'Bihar Divas' programme in Mumbai, saying the decision to oppose the Bihar Chief Minister's visit will be against the unity and integrity of the country.

'Bihar Divas' programme should not hurt emotions of Maharashtrians: Nitish
Stating that the relationship between the people of Bihar and Maharashtra has been very good over the years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that it was beyond his thinking as to why his proposed visit to Mumbai to celebrate 'Bihar Divas' would hurt the emotions of people of the financial capital.

Mumbai is not Raj Thackeray's legacy, says Ram Kripal Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Ram Kripal Yadav on Friday hit out at Raj Thackeray for telling Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar not to celebrate 'Bihar Divas' in Mumbai, saying such statements of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief encourages hatred among the people.

Shiv Sena-BJP alliance emerges winner in BMC polls
The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance retained power over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), defeating the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance despite growing criticism of shoddy and increasingly overburdened infrastructure.

Mayawati accuses Congress of showing step-motherly attitude towards Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has charged the Congress party with promoting poverty, unemployment and showing a step-motherly attitude towards the state.

Nitish blames Congress for high level of malnutrition
Slamming the Congress Party for a rise in malnutrition in the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that it is unfortunate for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to accept prevailing situation.

Tinsel town, politicians attend Esha-Bharat Takhtani reception in Mumbai
Family and friends of Bollywood actress Esha Deol attended her wedding reception here on Saturday evening.

Cash-for-vote scam accused Amar Singh flexes political muscle ahead of UP polls
Flexing his political clout ahead of the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh, lawmaker and key accused in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam, Amar Singh, lashed out at friend-turned-adversary, Mulayam Singh Yadav in Varanasi on Sunday.

Abu Azmi slams Bal Thackeray over opposition to Chhath Puja
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi has slammed Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for allegedly opposing Chhath Puja, a major Hindu festival which is mostly celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Will support Modi for Prime Minster's job: Raj Thackeray
Lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast for promoting communal harmony, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday said he would support Modi's bid for becoming Prime Minister.

People in Bihar reject "doubled faced" Anna Hazare's anti-graft crusade
Residents in Bihar are up in arms against veteran social activist Anna Hazare's anti-graft crusade, claiming that it exposes his dual character. They have also rubbished the fact that he is a Gandhian on grounds that he supported the violence against Biharis in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra perpetrated by goons of the regional Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which is led by Raj Thackeray.

Jaitapur Project: Ramesh accuses Shiv Sena of political opportunism
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday criticised the Shiv Sena for politicising the Jaitapur nuclear plant issue.

Stone-pelting cases: Raj Thackeray gets bail from Aurangabad court
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray has been granted bail in three different cases by local courts here.

BJP chief Gadkari holds grand reception in Nagpur
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari is holding a grand reception of his son, Nikhil, at the Vidarbha Cricket Association, on the outskirts of Nagpur on Friday.

Crossword Bookstore, Mumbai and Leadstart Publishing Host the Launch of ‘A Soulful of Lie’, a Debut Novel by Supriya Parulekar
Crossword Bookstore, Mumbai and Leadstart Publishing on 30th November 2010, launched the book ‘A Soulful of Lie’ ' by Supriya Parulekar. The book was released by India’s well known celebrity photographer, Gautam Rajadhyaksha, while Smt. Sharmila Raj Thackeray, social activist and the wife of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was the guest of honour for the evening

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