Articles about Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray is an Indian politician who is serving as the Chairperson of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), as of 2021. He was born on June 14, 1968, in Mumbai and completed his education at the University of Mumbai and Sir J.J Institute of Applied Art. He is the cousin brother of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the nephew of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. After completing his studies, Thackeray worked as a cartoonist in the weekly magazine named ‘Marmik.’ He started his electoral journey by joining Shiv Sena and also launched the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena. Thackeray played a crucial role during the campaigning for the 1990 Maharashtra Assembly elections. In 2006, he left Shiv Sena following a disagreement with his cousin and went on to form his own party named Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. His political outfit is mainly pro-Maratha and has been vocal about the rights of the people of Maharashtra. In 2008, he led a violent movement against the migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra, following which he was arrested. Thackeray has also spoken against the Pakistani artistes working in India.

Using loudspeakers in mosques not fundamental right: Allahabad HC

06 May 2022

India
Using loudspeakers in mosques not fundamental right: Allahabad HC

The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a petition seeking the installation of a loudspeaker in a mosque for "azaan," saying it's "not a fundamental right."

Loudspeaker row: MNS leaders booked, 150 workers arrested in Nashik

05 May 2022

Politics
Loudspeaker row: MNS leaders booked, 150 workers arrested in Nashik

Amid the Maharashtra loudspeaker row, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leaders Sandeep Deshpande and Santosh Dhuri were booked on Wednesday under various IPC sections, including "assault to deter a public servant" from the discharge of duty.

Maharashtra loudspeaker row: Cops alert as Raj Thackeray's deadline ends

04 May 2022

Politics
Maharashtra loudspeaker row: Cops alert as Raj Thackeray's deadline ends

As Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's deadline for the removal of loudspeakers from mosques ended on Tuesday, the Maharashtra Police is on alert.

Raj Thackeray Aurangabad rally: Case filed against MNS chief, organizers

03 May 2022

India
Raj Thackeray Aurangabad rally: Case filed against MNS chief, organizers

The Aurangabad Police has registered a case against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray and organizers of his Aurangabad rally, where he gave a controversial speech on Sunday.

Loudspeaker row: Maharashtra Police on alert as MNS's deadline approaches

03 May 2022

Politics
Loudspeaker row: Maharashtra Police on alert as MNS's deadline approaches

As the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) deadline for the removal of loudspeakers from mosques approached, the Maharashtra Police reportedly canceled all leaves of the police personnel.

Raj Thackeray's Aurangabad event violated 16 conditions; police action likely

02 May 2022

Politics
Raj Thackeray's Aurangabad event violated 16 conditions; police action likely

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray delivered a fiery, controversial speech in a packed Aurangabad venue on Maharashtra Day (Sunday).

'Remove illegal loudspeakers from religious places': UP government's new order

26 Apr 2022

India
'Remove illegal loudspeakers from religious places': UP government's new order

The Uttar Pradesh government has issued a new order directing authorities to remove illegal loudspeakers from religious establishments.

Hanuman Chalisa row: Ranas move Bombay HC to cancel FIRs

25 Apr 2022

India
Hanuman Chalisa row: Ranas move Bombay HC to cancel FIRs

Maharashtra independent MLA Ravi Rana and his wife, Amravati MP Navneet Rana, petitioned the Bombay High Court on Monday for the cancellation of FIRs against them.

Maharashtra Hanuman Chalisa row: Ranas sent to 14-day judicial custody

24 Apr 2022

India
Maharashtra Hanuman Chalisa row: Ranas sent to 14-day judicial custody

Maharashtra independent MLA Ravi Rana and his wife, Amravati MP Navneet Rana, were sent to 14-day judicial custody by Mumbai's Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Sunday.

Maharashtra: Hanuman Chalisa row reaches CM's residence; check details here

23 Apr 2022

Politics
Maharashtra: Hanuman Chalisa row reaches CM's residence; check details here

Security outside Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray's Bandra house, Matoshree, was put on high alert after two lawmakers threatened to chant "Hanuman Chalisa" there on Saturday.

Loudspeaker row: How Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, and Kerala reacted

19 Apr 2022

Politics
Loudspeaker row: How Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, and Kerala reacted

Various states have reacted to rising communal clashes across India and the row over the using loudspeakers at religious places sparked by MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

Remove mosques' loudspeakers: MNS chief Raj Thackeray tells Maharashtra govt

03 Apr 2022

Politics
Remove mosques' loudspeakers: MNS chief Raj Thackeray tells Maharashtra govt

Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), has asked the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques and warned of putting loudspeakers in front of the mosques and playing Hanuman Chalisa.

Mahira Khan takes up ZEE5 project, 'won't allow,' says MNS

19 May 2021

Entertainment
Mahira Khan takes up ZEE5 project, 'won't allow,' says MNS

Reiterating its stand, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has announced that it will not let Mahira Khan or any other Pakistani artist work in India.

Bandra chaos: 'Labor leader' arrested for spreading rumors; journalist booked

15 Apr 2020

India
Bandra chaos: 'Labor leader' arrested for spreading rumors; journalist booked

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3, horrifying images emerged from Bandra, Mumbai.

New book claims Thackeray family hailed from Bihar

17 Sep 2019

Politics
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.

#PulwamaAftermath: MNS wants radio-stations to stop playing Pakistani singers' songs

19 Feb 2019

India
#PulwamaAftermath: MNS wants radio-stations to stop playing Pakistani singers' songs

Days after a deadly terror attack in Pulwama shook the nation, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has asked radio stations to stop playing songs of singers from Pakistan.

Pulwama aftermath: Cine Workers Association bans Pakistani actors, artists

18 Feb 2019

India
Pulwama aftermath: Cine Workers Association bans Pakistani actors, artists

In wake of horrendous Pulwama attack, the Cine Workers Association on Monday announced a complete ban on Pakistani actors and artists.

#PulwamaAttack: T-Series removes Pakistani singers' songs from its YouTube channel

17 Feb 2019

India
#PulwamaAttack: T-Series removes Pakistani singers' songs from its YouTube channel

In the wake of the horrific Pulwama attack that martyred 40 CRPF jawans, music and film production company T-Series has unlisted Pakistani singers' songs from its YouTube channel, which is YouTube's second-most followed channel.

Fasting Anna Hazare says BJP 'used him' in 2014

04 Feb 2019

Politics
Fasting Anna Hazare says BJP 'used him' in 2014

Activist Anna Hazare, whose fast entered the sixth day on Monday, said the Bharatiya Janata Party 'used him' in 2014 and his agitation helped the saffron party come to power.

Mamata-Modi showdown: Didi pulls all nighter in dharna against Center

04 Feb 2019

Politics
Mamata-Modi showdown: Didi pulls all nighter in dharna against Center

Following the face-off between the Kolkata Police and the CBI, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started a dharna on Sunday night, and spent the whole night on a makeshift dias in a mark of protest against what she perceives as a constitutional coup against her government by the Center.

Rakhi Sawant on Tanushree Dutta's defamation case: 'She wants publicity'

23 Oct 2018

Entertainment
Rakhi Sawant on Tanushree Dutta's defamation case: 'She wants publicity'

The ongoing #MeToo movement has sparked a war of words between Tanushree Dutta and Rakhi Sawant.

#BiggBoss12: MNS threatens makers of violence if Tanushree enters show

04 Oct 2018

Entertainment
#BiggBoss12: MNS threatens makers of violence if Tanushree enters show

The ongoing controversy over Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment charges on Nana Patekar took a new turn after MNS workers threatened 'Bigg Boss 12' makers.

Tanushree Dutta thanks Mumbai Police for protecting her from MNS

03 Oct 2018

Entertainment
Tanushree Dutta thanks Mumbai Police for protecting her from MNS

By exposing the rampant power abuse in Bollywood, Tanushree Dutta has got on the wrong side of many, obviously.

Why are Salman, Aaditya Thackeray on Mumbai Police's offenders' list?

11 Aug 2018

India
Why are Salman, Aaditya Thackeray on Mumbai Police's offenders' list?

Some of the so-called celebrities and known personalities, who earn in crores, have shown stinginess in not paying fines for breaking traffic rules.

Former autorickshaw driver becomes new Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor

05 Aug 2018

India
Former autorickshaw driver becomes new Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor

If there's anything we can learn from new Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor Rahul Jadhav's life, it's that hard work and smart decisions can turn lives around.

Maratha protests turn violent, one cop killed, vehicles set ablaze

24 Jul 2018

India
Maratha protests turn violent, one cop killed, vehicles set ablaze

A statewide bandh in Maharashtra today turned violent as protesters demanding reservation for Marathas attacked police, set fire to vehicles and blocked roads.

#UnpopularOpinion: Why allowing outside-food in theaters isn't a good idea

14 Jul 2018

India
#UnpopularOpinion: Why allowing outside-food in theaters isn't a good idea

Bringing cheer to the masses, the Maharashtra government yesterday announced that people will now be allowed to bring their own food inside cinema halls and multiplexes.

Maharashtrians, you can bring food from outside to cinema halls!

13 Jul 2018

India
Maharashtrians, you can bring food from outside to cinema halls!

Bringing cheer to the masses, the Maharashtra government has announced that people will now be allowed to bring their own food inside cinema halls and multiplexes.

6 incredible Indian political jodis - Guess who's on top?

25 May 2018

Politics
6 incredible Indian political jodis - Guess who's on top?

Politics is futile without relationships, some honest while many superficial.

'Bar busting' ex-Mumbai police chief Arup Patnaik forays into politics

19 Apr 2018

Mumbai
'Bar busting' ex-Mumbai police chief Arup Patnaik forays into politics

Former Mumbai police chief Arup 'bar busting' Patnaik made his foray into politics yesterday.

MNS workers vandalize Gujarati signboards after Raj Thackeray's speech

19 Mar 2018

India
MNS workers vandalize Gujarati signboards after Raj Thackeray's speech

After a speech from their party chief, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers vandalized Gujarati signboards in front of at least six hotels on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway 8 yesterday night.

MNS workers target Gujarati signboards at shops in Thane

19 Mar 2018

India
MNS workers target Gujarati signboards at shops in Thane

Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have reportedly pulled down Gujarati signboards at some commercial establishments in Thane district of Maharashtra.

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray calls for 'Modi-mukt Bharat' by 2019

19 Mar 2018

Politics
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray calls for 'Modi-mukt Bharat' by 2019

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government and called for unity of Opposition parties and also a "Modi-mukt Bharat" by 2019.

Uber, Ola drivers threaten indefinite strike from 18 March

16 Mar 2018

India
Uber, Ola drivers threaten indefinite strike from 18 March

The drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from the midnight of 18 March.

Food, footwear, treatment, water: Mumbai's 'thank you' gifts for farmers

13 Mar 2018

Mumbai
Food, footwear, treatment, water: Mumbai's 'thank you' gifts for farmers

'If you ate today, thank a farmer,' the saying goes, and Mumbai followed.

Mumbai painted red as thousands of protesting farmers assemble

12 Mar 2018

India
Mumbai painted red as thousands of protesting farmers assemble

Thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra have congregated in Mumbai to press for various demands.

Mumbai: Ground turns red as farmers converge for protest

12 Mar 2018

India
Mumbai: Ground turns red as farmers converge for protest

Azad Maidan in south Mumbai turned into a sea of red Monday morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged after walking around 180 km under the blazing sun over the last six days.

Dawood wanted to return but Indian government rejected conditions: Lawyer

07 Mar 2018

India
Dawood wanted to return but Indian government rejected conditions: Lawyer

Wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim is "keen to return to India," but the government didn't accept any of his conditions, said well-known criminal lawyer Shyam Keswani, who is representing Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar in court.

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

23 Jan 2018

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

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