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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray (C) during the 14th Foundation Day celebration of MNS Party at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium, at Vashi in Navi Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, addresses party workers in a rally demanding that illegal Immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh be evicted from India in Mumbai.

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Maharasharashtra Navnirman Sena, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, center, joins party workers in a rally demanding that illegal Immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh be evicted from India in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray along with workers participates in a march from Marine Drive to Azad Maidan, demanding eviction of illegal (Muslim) immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh staying in India, in Mumbai

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray during party convention at Nesco ground in Goregaon, Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray during party convention at Nesco ground in Goregaon, Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray during a function to launch party's new Flag and symbol at NESCO Center in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray during a function to launch party's new Flag and symbol at NESCO Center in Mumbai.

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Leaders of various political parties stand for the national anthem during a swearing-in-ceremony of Shiv Sena party leader Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra state during a swearing-in-ceremony in Mumbai.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray interacts with media after casting his vote during Maharashtra Assembly elections, in Mumbai.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his wife after casting their votes during Maharashtra Assembly elections, in Mumbai

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray addresses a public meeting during a rally for the upcoming Assembly elections, at Borivali in Mumbai

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackrey addresses in support of party candidate from Bandra (west) Akhil Chitre (unseen) ahead of Maharashtra assembly polls, in Mumbai.

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Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray offers tribute to Bal Thackeray as Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray looks on during Dussehra at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office, in Mumbai. Thackeray is set to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in response to the central agency's notice to him regarding a probe into IL&FS scam.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray along with his mother leaves for Enforcement Directorate office, in Mumbai. Thackeray is set to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in response to the central agencys notice to him regarding a probe into IL&FS scam.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray with opposition party member NCP Ajit Pawar (R) addresses a press conference demanding to replace EVMs by ballot papers, in Mumbai.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray meets Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra in New Delhi.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray greets Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a meeting in New Delhi.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray leaves after meeting the Chief Election Commissioner, in New Delhi.

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Raj Thackeray speaks at a rally in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray addresses a rally for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray at a rally during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, in Solapur, Maharashtra

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Family Members along with newly wed Amit Thackeray and Mitali Borude pose for a picture during their reception in Mumbai.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray addresses a press conference regarding Plastic Bag Ban issue, at his residence in Mumbai.

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar with MNS President Raj Thackeray during the opening ceremony of 98th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan in Mulund, Mumbai.

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For Blood Is Thicker Art, after all, does draw people closer. Those bombarded with the MNS-Shiv Sena turf war in 2014 were bemused by Raj and Uddhav Thackeray's bonhomie at the latter's photography exhibition in Mumbai. Generous applause followed, along with a pledge to donate the Rs 3.25 crore from sales to distressed farmers.

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Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray along with MNS chief Raj Thackeray during second death anniversary function of the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai.

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Raj Thackeray with Narendra Modi

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Save the seats Gadkari meets Raj Thackeray in Mumbai

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray meets Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on the issue of toll tax in Mumbai.

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The Largest Pugmarks
THAT Ratan Tata is a dog-lover is known far and wide. What surprised all was his visit to the residence of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray. Read behind the picture if you will, but Mr Tata has eyes for only one person.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan during the launch of Insurance policy for cine artists, an initiative by Maharashtra Navanirman Chitrapat Sena, in Mumbai.

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Match Made on Earth The large groom, Rahul Thackeray, pus­hes a ring through the fingers of his svelte bride, Aditi Redkar. Around them circulate the pomp and power of the political fam­ily—(from L to R) Raj, Sharmila (partly obscured) and Smita. All Thackerays.

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Amitabh Bachchan promises umeed se dugana from a bill board hanging on the Kohinoor Mill’s wall. The mill land was recently bought by Shiv Sena leaders Manohar Joshi and Raj Thackeray for Rs 423 crore. Interestingly, as the then CM, Joshi had assured the mill workers in 1996 that he won’t allow the sale of mill land at all.

Photo by Ashish Raje (won NFI award for his work on Mumbai mills)

No More Questions There is never a drought of issues for the MNS in Maharashtra, and never a dearth of silly ways to register their protests. The latest is the “mock exam”. In the past month or so, students had been complaining of errors in the exam question papers. In addition, there’s been delays, distribution of wrong papers and so on. So the bright minds in the MNS decided to park themselves opposite the university gates and conduct a mock exam. The usual gheraoing of officials and demands for strict action followed. Soon eno­ugh, their demands were agreed to and the boys dispersed. Nobody’s holding their breath on whether any of this will change the system but the party is pretty gung-ho that it’s chances have improved with the ‘student community’.

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Pull Up The Chairs The past weekend was quite hectic for hacks on the Sena-BJP-MNS beat in Maharashtra. And all because of a report in a leading Marathi daily which spoke of a ‘vishal yuti’ (grand alliance) between the three Hindutva parties in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The report, in fact, even provided details of seat-sharing. Naturally, everyone concerned denied it. Uddhav Thackeray turned up his eyes. Cousin Raj rubbished it. But the paper continued with its reports, talking of an “exhilarated atmosphere among party workers” which forced reporters from other newspapers to run helter-skelter looking for leads. It all led now­here but political circles are abuzz, if nothing else but for the TINA factor. The saffron boys have few options to counter the Congress-NCP in the state.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila (L) welcoming industrialist Ratan Tata at their residence in Mumbai.

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Industrialist Ratan Tata with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, his wife Sharmila and son at their residence in Mumbai.

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Who’s The Big Cat Now? Now it’s common knowledge that MNS chief Raj Thackeray tries his utmost to copy late uncle Bal Thackeray’s style, be it in mannerisms or dress (note Balasaheb’s earlier pictures before the shawl, rudraksha and giant tiger in background phase took over). Even the party symbol of his MNS, an engine, was actually one of the symbols the Shiv Sena tried out in its formative days. So it was hardly surprising that just two months after the Sena supremo’s demise, the MNS seems to have decided that it was time to take the party rivalry to the next level. Last weekend, posters started popping up of Raj Thackeray with the face of a roaring lion as backdrop, a carbon copy of the roaring tiger which Balasaheb was partial to. When asked about the new tactics, MNS officials were tight-lipped, refusing to comment. But it’s clear that Raj has decided his roar is a lot better than Uddhav’s. Or is it?

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi exchanges greetings with MNS chief Raj Thackeray as Karnataka deputy CM KS Eshwarappa looks on during his oath-taking ceremony at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray performing the final rituals of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackerey broke down during the funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) in Mumbai.

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The Thackeray family

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray at Matoshree to visit ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition in Mumbai.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray along with supporters during their march from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan in Mumbai, to protest the violence that took place in the Maidan on August 11.

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Police constable Pramod Tawade offers a rose to MNS chief Raj Thackeray after the party supporters' march from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan in Mumbai, to protest the violence that took place in the Maidan on August 11.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at a meeting in Gandhinagar.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi receives a shawl from MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Gandhinagar.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray speaks to the media during his visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Thackeray is here for a nine-day visit of Gujarat to study the Gujarat model of development under the rule of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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Sachin Tendulkar displays a sword presented to him by MNS Chief Raj Thackeray during the Golden jubilee celebrations of Maharashtra state, in Mumbai.

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Feb 2008 MNS activists beating up a UP-ite after an SP rally

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Whose Mumbai is it? The Thackerays, Bal, Uddhav and Raj

Flagging his stand on sons-of-soil issue, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today said "If Kasab can learn Marathi in a year, why can't Abu Azmi, who has been living in Mumbai for years and doing business, ignores the state language?" Raj said at a rally at Dombivali in Thane district.

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Samajwadi Party activists burn an effigy of MNS leader Raj Thackeray to protest the attack on Abu Azmi who was taking oath of office in Hindi, while the party insisted that all members of the state legislative body be given oath in Marathi.

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Raj Thackeray-led MNS made its maiden foray in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, playing spoiler for the Shiv Sena-BJP Combine. NCP-Congress had much to thank him and his party for their doing well in the Lok Sabha polls too.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray along with his wife Sharmila and mother comes out after casting his vote for the state assembly elections, at Shivaji Park Mumbai.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackrey addresses an assembly election rally in Thane.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray at Kalyan Court in Mumbai on Monday, in connection with the case of attacks on north Indians.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008
And then the Maharashtra politics was all abuzz when news came in that MNS chief Raj Thackeray had gone to call on his estranged uncle Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. The former said his uncle had called up to enquire about one of his books which was with him and that he offered to go over personally to return it. Significantly, Uddhav Thackeray was also there at the meeting -- first in over two years since Raj left Shiv Sena over differences with cousin Udhav -- which lasted a full one hour. The Thackerays are however insisting that there were no political undertones to the meeting, held at Bal Thackeray's residence in Bandra.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008
And now make him pay. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, was arrested after surrendering at the Mazgaon court in Mumbai, but was granted transit bail. A court in Jamshedpur had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in a case charging him of using derogatory language against people of Bihar. Thackeray had earlier moved Jharkhand High Court seeking a stay on the non-bailable arrest warrant, but the High Court did not provide any interim relief to him. The photo shows him leaving the sessions court after getting transit bale.

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Tuesday October 21, 2008 "If I am arrested, the entire Maharashtra will be set on fire," Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, Raj Thackeray had threatened while addressing a meeting in Chiplun on October 20. And finally, at long-last, facing intense pressure to rein him ink, the Maharashtra government decided to act and in a pre-dawn move, the MNS chief was picked up by police at around 3.30 AM in Ratnagiri. Accused of a litany of charges including inciting violence, as we write, he prepares to spend at least one night in a lock-up despite getting bail in one case out of the four cases registered against him. Predictably, shortly after the arrest, MNS goons went on a rampage in parts of Mumbai, Nashik, Solapur and Kolhapur attacking shops and pelting stones at scores of buses and taxis. A toll booth in Mulund was targetted and one of the counters was set on fire. Police made about 2,000 preventive arrests and resorted to lathi charge at several places. Incidents of stonepelting and attack on shops were also reported in Kalyan-Thane area where violence by MNS activists erupted late in the evening.  Several shops downed their shutters in this metropolis as a precautionary measure while schools remained closed. The Congress is for now acting pious with the deputy Chief Minister R R Patil denying any political pressure on the government for his arrest -- "he created a law and order problem and hence action was taken" -- and Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh maintaining that nobody is above the law. Wonder what took them so long to figure it out. A warrant from Jamshedpur?

"Mumbai belongs to Marathis and Maharashtrians only", says this hoarding put up by Maharashtra Navnirmaan Sena (MNS) at Thane, Mumbai. This was apparently in response to Mumbai Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) K L Prasad who was reported to have said at a press-conference: "Mumbai does not belong to anyone's father. All have got the right to work in the city and those who break the law will face stern action". Prasad was only doing his duty after MNS goons had created a law and order situation over Jaya Bachchan's innocuous off-the-cuff remarks and choosing to speak in Hindi while begging the forgiveness of Marathi speakers. Amitabh Bachchan had to step in to apologise. Raj Thackeray, who has clearly succeeded in positioning himself as a goon who matters, put on his best reasonable and magnanimous tone: "Actually, Jaya Bachchan should have made a public apology because she was the one who made those remarks but we are accepting Amitabh's apology as he is head of the Bachchan family." But choice vitriol and scorn was reserved for the man who had dared to defy him: "Prasad should remove his police uniform, badge and chair and come onto the street and then he will realise to whom Mumbai belongs." Also See: The Bachchans

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Monday September 8, 2008
After MNS Chief Raj Thackeray's attack on Jaya Bachchan over her alleged anti-Marathi remarks, Shiv Sena has now targeted Shah Rukh Khan for his Delhi origin. "Shah Rukh says he is a Dilliwala. If you are from Delhi, then why have you come to Maharashtra," Sena Chief Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana. Samajwadi Party supporters burn an effigy of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray during a demonstration against scathing attack on actor and Samajwadi Party-backed Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan by MNS, in Allahabad.

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Behold the self appointed head of censor board! Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray has a problem with some scenes from Jab We Met - not because it's vulgar in anyway but because it says Bombay instead of Mumbai. Apart from a ban on the use of the word 'Bombay', Raj also doesn't want any Maharashtrian characters to be shown in lowly-paid jobs like bais (maids) in movies.

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Wednesday February 13, 2008
Was the match fixed? After days of pusillanimity--or cynical political inaction--Maharashtra government put an end to its dithering and did what it should have done on day one -- finally, much belatedly, it got the police to arrest Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray on charges of promoting enmity between groups and inciting violence. Or so it seemed. But within hours, Thackeray, along with Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi--who faces similar charges and had also been taken into custody--had been granted bail. Wondering many to wonder at the whole farcical sequence of events. The photo shows Raj Thackeray being taken to the court in the police van after being arrested at his residence in Mumbai on February 13. Also See: Theatre Of The Absurd

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All India Bhojpuri Samaj workers burning an effigy of Maharashtra Navnirman party leader Raj Thackeray, in Lucknow, in protest against his statements against non-Maharashtrians, particularly "north Indians" in Mumbai. Also See: Whose Mumbai, Meri Jaan?

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