Bal Thackeray: News

Bal Keshav Thackeray, born on January 23, 1926, in Pune, was the founder and life-long Pramukh (chief) of the political party Shiv Sena and was a key figure in Indian politics. Like his father, Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, who took part in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement demanding the creation of a Maratha State, Thackeray was a Marathi nativist vocal about the issues affecting a common Marathi man. He was initially a cartoonist and worked with the 'Free Press Journal', 'Times of India', and later his own cartoon weekly 'Marmik'. He founded the political outfit, Shiv Sena, in 1966 for representing the Maratha interests against that of immigrants from other states in Maharashtra. He launched the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', a Marathi daily, in 1988 in counter to the hostile press and for communicating the party's message. Thackeray led the Shiv Sena to victory in the 1995 Maharashtra Assembly elections in alliance with the BJP. Though he never contested any elections, he is thought to have pulled strings from behind in his party's political formations and functioning. Thackeray was known for his controversial statements and was often held responsible for Shiv Sena's violent demeanor. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 86 in Mumbai.

21 Apr 2024

Amit Shah

Thackeray's Sena receives notice for theme song mentioning Goddess Bhavani

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a notice to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena over the use of the word "Bhavani" in the party's newly released theme song.

19 Mar 2024

Devendra Fadnavis

2024 polls: BJP may ally with Raj Thackery, say reports

The Bharatiya Janata Party is in talks with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray to explore a potential alliance in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

11 Sep 2023

Uddhav Thackeray

BJP invokes Bal Thackeray on Uddhav's 'Godhra 2' remark

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has sparked a controversy by suggesting a "Godhra-like" situation could occur after the Ram Temple's inauguration in Ayodhya in 2024.

28 Apr 2023

Shiv Sena

SC junks transfer of Shiv Sena's assets to Shinde faction

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking a direction to the Maharashtra government to transfer the assets of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) to the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

18 Feb 2023

Shiv Sena

Uddhav Thackeray loses Shiv Sena's name, symbol to Eknath Shinde

The battle over the claim of being the "real" Shiv Sena between the party's two factions has taken a new turn.

23 Jul 2022

Uddhav Thackeray

'Prove majority': EC tells Thackeray, Shinde over Sena ownership battle

The power struggle for control of the Shiv Sena between Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde has entered a new phase in which both will have to provide documentary evidence to prove who would head the party.

08 Jul 2022

Uddhav Thackeray

Thackeray moves SC against governor inviting Shinde to form government

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction has filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court, challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the state government on June 30.

04 Jul 2022

Uddhav Thackeray

Thackeray camp moves SC over chief whip appointment by Speaker

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction moved the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday against Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narvekar appointing Bharat Gogawale of the Eknath Shinde faction as the Chief Whip of the party.

31 May 2021


Scenes of bodies floating in rivers tarnished India's image: Thorat

The Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat on Sunday said that the scenes of the bodies of COVID-19 patients floating in rivers and lying in the sand in some states have tarnished the image of India in the world.

26 Oct 2020


Amend or abandon GST: Uddhav Thackeray tells BJP-led Centre

Uddhav Thackeray, the disgruntled former ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), launched a sharp attack on the Centre on Sunday, saying that the GST system has failed and it should either be amended, or the old system should be brought back.

05 Jan 2020


Maharashtra portfolio allocated: Check full list of Ministers here

After causing much fuss, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra announced the portfolio allocation for Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State on Sunday.

17 Nov 2019


After BJP-Shiv Sena tiff, Fadnavis pays tribute to Bal Thackeray

Setting aside his differences with the Shiv Sena, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday attended party founder Bal Thackeray's memorial event.

03 Oct 2019

Shiv Sena

Know the net worth of Shiv Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray

Young gun Aaditya Thackeray has formally stepped into the poll arena by filing his nomination from Worli assembly constituency of Maharashtra.

17 Sep 2019


New book claims Thackeray family hailed from Bihar

The Thackerays may not be fans of migrants from North India, particularly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, but a new book claims they also hail from the region which they despise.

25 Jan 2019


After being offered front-row seats, 'Thackeray' director leaves premiere hall

Controversy erupted on Thursday during the movie screening of Thackeray in Mumbai after director Abhijit Panse and his family were asked to sit in the front row.

22 Jan 2019


Rs. 100 crore approved to build Bal Thackeray's sea-facing memorial

The Maharashtra Cabinet today approved Rs. 100 crore for the construction of a memorial for late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

18 Jan 2019

Shiv Sena

Despite being Muslim, Nawazuddin is fine being 'Thackeray'. Here's why

After winning hearts with his exemplary portrayal of Urdu iconoclast Saadat Haasan Manto, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is back with Thackeray, and the movie looks exceptional.

28 Dec 2018


Producer Sanjay Raut wants 'Thackeray' uncensored like Balasaheb Thackeray

Thackeray released its first trailer on December 26 and offered a look at the rise of Balasaheb Thackeray and his actions while in power as founder and head of the Shiv Sena party.

26 Dec 2018

Shiv Sena

'Thackeray' trailer reveals the leader's power, but film faces censorship

Thackeray released its first trailer today, December 26, after much anticipation among fans following the two teasers that gave them a peek into the life of Balasaheb Thackeray, the leader on whom the film is based.

14 Aug 2018

Mahatma Gandhi

Irony much! Don Arun Gawli, murder convict, tops Gandhian-thought exam

Keeping in sync with his Gandhi topi, underworld don-turned-politician Arun Gawli has now become an expert of Gandhian philosophy by topping an exam on the same.

26 May 2018

Uddhav Thackeray

Balasaheb tolerated BJP's misdeeds, I won't, we've had enough: Uddhav

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today said his father, Bal Thackeray, tolerated BJP's "misdeeds", but they've had enough of it and he would not tolerate it.

11 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

'Secular but Hindutva' parties will come-together against 'pseudo-secular' opposition: Fadnavis

In a subtle hint of his hopes of the BJP and the Shiv Sena jointly contesting the next year's polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that all "secular but Hindutva" parties would come together to counter the "pseudo-secular" opposition.

15 Mar 2018

Shiv Sena

5 actors who will portray politicians this year

The Indian entertainment industry has often refrained from making films and shows on the lives of politicians in order to avoid controversies.

23 Jan 2018


Balasaheb Thackeray: Remembering the tiger on his 92nd birth anniversary

The charismatic and limelight-loving Balasaheb Thackeray was a "true-blue" celebrity.

25 Mar 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Youth arrested under Section 66A for Yogi Adityanath's morphed image

22-year-old Rahat Khan of Greater Noida was arrested for allegedly posting morphed images of Yogi Adityanath on Facebook.

19 Mar 2017


Who is Yogi Adityanath?

The BJP's choice of hardball Hindutva advocate Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of UP has raised quite an uproar across India with liberals asking "Why?" and Hindu nationalists retorting "Why not?".

24 Jan 2017


Access free Wi-Fi in these spots in Mumbai

Maharashtra CM had tweeted, "Happy to dedicate Phase 1 of #MumbaiWiFi. From this instance, 500 hotspots to go live across various locations. #MumbaiWiFi is India's largest Public WiFi services."

06 Dec 2016


Mumbai, the city that keeps marching ahead

Thousands of students across Mumbai University colleges will now have free Wi-Fi on campus.

18 Nov 2016


What is happening in Mumbai today?

High court asked the Enforcement Directorate to file status report on NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal's money laundering case.

03 Oct 2016


What made news last week?

India's "surgical strike" inside PoK came as a surprise to the world and even Pakistan, who continues to deny that India killed 38 terrorists in 7 terror camps overnight.