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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray comes out from court premises, after CBD Belapur Court granted him bail in the Toll Plaza vandalising case.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party chief Raj Thackeray arrives for a meeting at party office in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers detained by police during their protest march over the issue of inflated electricity bills, in Thane.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray, accompanied by party leaders, submits a memorandum to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari seeking his intervention on the issue of inflated power bills, at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari over various issues, in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers stage a protest demanding justice for the 19-year old Dalit woman of Hathras (UP), who died after being allegedly gang-raped, in Mumbai.

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MNS activists being detained by police during a protest against the toll hike, at Airoli Toll Naka in Mumbai.

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Mumbai Dabbawala Association members meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray over various issues, at Dadar in Mumbai.

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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) activists demanding ouster of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan from India walk in a rally 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 Thackerays son Amit Raj Thackeray introduced as a leader of the MNS party during Maha Adhiveshan at Nesco ground in Goregaon, Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supporters 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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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supporters 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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People queue up to buy onions being sold at a subsidised rate of Rs 40/kg by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, in Navi Mumbai.

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(L-R) MNS chief Raj Thackeray's son Amit Thackeray, wife Sharmila, daughter-in-law Mitali and daughter Urvashi after casting their votes during Maharashtra assembly elections, 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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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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Sharmila Thackeray, wife of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray, interacts with flood-affected people during her visit to Patan Colony in Karad district of Maharashtra.

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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 party workers show murky water filled bottles during a protest over supply of contaminated water, at the Thane Municipal Corporation's water supply department office in Thane.

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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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MNS party workers stage a protest over death of five people due to falling in unattended potholes, at Kalya in Mumbai.

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MNS party workers make an attempt to dig the pavement outside the Mantralaya during a protest against the Municipal Corporation and State Government over unattended potholes on the roads, in Mumbai on early morning.

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An MNS worker jumps over the pit as others look on, during a protest against the government over the poor condition of roads, near Turbhe in Navi 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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Members of MNS Women's Wing stage a demonstration to protest against hike in fuel prices, in Navi Mumbai.

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Police arrest an MNS activist during a protet over the issue of illegal hawkers, at Dadar in Mumbai.

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Police personnel guard at a street near Dadar station following a clash between Congress and MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) party workers over the issue of illegal hawkers, in Mumbai.

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MNS Party Workers protest against Chinese products at Airoli over ongoing rift between Indian and China, in Navi Mumbai.

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MNS activists vandalise state Irrigation Department's office in Pune in protest against the sharing of water in city reservoirs with neighbouring towns reeling under water shortage.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers shout slogans during a protest against price rise in Nagpur, Mahrashtra.

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Getting his picture shot for election posters in a Mumbai studio

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Tapping anger Prasad Nikam, an MNS supporter, says he can’t tolerate wrongdoing

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Maharashtra NCP leader & Deputy CM Ajit Pawar with State NCP chief Bhaskar Rao Jadhav welcomes Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party workers from Amaravati who joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Mumbai.

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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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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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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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A burning car said to be burnt by MNS workers during a protest in the city against the Nationalist Congress Party in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party workers celebrate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at Minara Masjid 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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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 workers perform prayers at Laxminarayan Temple for the good health of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Thane, Mumbai.

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MNS 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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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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Police men keep a vigil during MNS supporters' march from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan in Mumbai, to protest the violence that took place in the Maidan on August 11. Thumbing his nose at Mumbai police, a defiant Raj Thackeray led thousands of MNS supporters in a march before holding a public meeting where he pitched for immediate ouster of the state home minister and city police chief for the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan.

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Police stop MNS activists who were damaging a toll-station during a protest against collection of toll in Patan.

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BJP and MNS supporters stage a protest during Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi's visit to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) headquarters in Pune.

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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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MNS workers raise slogans against Union government during a protest over recent fuel price hike in Mumbai

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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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MNS activists smashed the glass doors of airtel's office because the company's welcome message was in Hindi and not in Marathi.

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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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The four suspended MLAs of MNS being garlanded after they disrupted the oath taking ceremony in Vidhan Sabha, Mumbai.

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Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azami reacts after being attacked by MNS MLAs when he started taking oath in Hindi, in the Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai.

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MNS party workers celebrating their candidate's win in Mahim, Mumbai.

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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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Film director Karan Johar outside MNS Chief Raj Thackeray's residence after speaking with the leader in connection with the controversy about his new film Wake Up Sid in Mumbai.

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Policemen beat a party worker as they try to disperse mob, in Mumbai. Police lathicharged and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse clashing Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers in Central Mumbai. The clashes occurred in the vicinity of Sena Bhavan in Dadar over putting up of posters and banners outside a college by the student wings of both parties. A policeman as well as several party workers from both sides were injured in stone pelting.

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