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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray called on Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray at the latterâ€™s residence in Mumbai. On his website, he describes himself as a "gifted painter and cartoonist", like his uncle, Balasaheb Thackeray. Also like his uncle, Raj has the. Raj Shrikant Thackeray is an Indian politician, cartoonist and the founder and president of the right-wing Marathi ethnocentric regional political party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ("Maharashtra Reformation Army") in the state of Maharashtra, India. He is the nephew of Balasaheb Thackeray, and a cousin of Uddhav.
On his website, he describes himself as a "gifted painter and cartoonist", like his uncle, Balasaheb Thackeray. Also like his uncle, Raj has the knack of kicking up a storm with provocative speeches, targeting Hindi-speaking migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, caricaturing them as the outsiders who threaten the Marathi ethos and manoos.
Once seen as Balasaheb's political heir, Raj, 44, branched away from the main family tree after he was superseded in the succession plan by his cousin Uddhav, who took over as the chief of the Shiv Sena. But Raj's politics is exactly the same as the main branch of the family: His mother, Kunda, is the younger sister of Bal Thackeray's wife, Meena. By all accounts, Raj had an indulgent upbringing, attending the Bal Mohan Vidya Mandir School in the Sena stronghold of Dadar, studying for a degree in the prestigious JJ School of Art, painting, making caricatures and cartoons and even sharing the passion of photography with Uddhav.
Unlike Uddhav's obsession with tigers in the wild, Raj took pictures of the self-appointed tiger at home - Bal Thackeray - and published them in a book that was released by Amitabh Bachchan.
But in the political atmosphere he grew up in, Raj's inclination towards politics was not a surprise, though how it played out was.
Despite split, uncle Thackeray loved Raj
The MNS was formally announced in November and a lot of Shiv Sena supporters moved with Raj, convinced by his words that the Sena was being run by "clerks" and had lost its ability to protect the interests of the Marathi manoos.
For the first year or so, the MNS was quiet. Raj Thackeray finally exploded on the political stage with a violent agitation inraising the old Sena bogey of outsiders taking over the state and more importantly Mumbai. At a rally at Mumbai's Shivaji Park, he openly threatened migrants, saying he will have them thrown out of the state.
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Raj's political impact began to show when he took up what was literally a symbolic issue: To take his Marathi-only agenda forward, he demanded that all shops in Maharashtra have Marathi signs as well and at least as big as the English ones. Some establishments went to court against this and got a verdict in their favour, but Raj and the MNS still went ahead and painted over the English signs.
The police arrested some MNS workers, but the state government, run by the Congress-NCP alliance, went slow on prosecuting them, fearing a backlash.
The other big sign of his rising political clout was his role in getting sacked Jet Airways employees their jobs back.
Raj Thackeray breaks down as Balasaheb's body placed on funeral pyre
Raj said that till they were re-instated, no Jet flight would operate from Mumbai. Unless Jet Airways cancelled the layoffs, his party would not allow any Jet Airways plane to take off from any airport in Maharashtra.
He said that he did it on his own and that there was no political pressure on him. The city of Mumbai was referred to as "Bombay" in many scenes  and in some songs lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The film's producer, Karan Joharvisited Raj's residence to apologise, and agreed to all of Raj's terms, including an apology on each of the frames in the film.
Raj demanded that all telecom companies operating in Maharashtra start providing the service in Marathi also and set a deadline of 27 Februaryafter which his party MNS would launch an agitation. Following this demand, all telecom companies complied, introducing Marathi as an additional option in their customer service. In a major departure from the earlier held stand of traditional right wing groups of Maharashtra, Raj Thackeray pointed out that a practical approach rather than an emotional one is the need of the hour.
However, he advocated that if the supreme court itself gives a decision in favor of Belgaum's merger, he would welcome it but the local situation in belgaum should not be vitiated for the sake of it. He asked the MES leaders to first identify the real issue as to whether marathis in belgaum are being targeted for espousing the cause of Marathi language or because they were supporting the merger of Belgaum with Maharashtra.
Lamenting that strikes and bandhs only add to the misery of the Marathi-speaking community in Belgaum, Thackeray said: On use of violence, Thackeray says that violence is a part of all agitations in Indian politics, and there are several cases of much more violence carried out by other parties and organisations. According to him, the incidences of violence involving members of his party have been unduly highlighted by North Indian politicians and journalists.
Although later on, he regretted his support for Modi and since then has been a vocal critic of him and the NDA government.Is Thackeray family comes from Bihar?
Raj reproached North Indian leaders for politicizing Chhath Pujaa festival popular in eastern Uttar PradeshBiharand Jharkhand calling it a "drama" and a "show of numerical strength". He stated that the Chhath Puja was a political gimmick by some parties to attract the north Indian vote. A petition was filed in the Patna civil court on 8 February against him for his remarks. On 9 February, expressing his stance on new migrants settling in Mumbai, Raj said, "New immigrants to the city should be denied entry into the city, while those already staying here should show respect to the Marathi 'manoos' and his culture".
They have one son named Amit Thackeray and one daughter Urvashi Thackeray.
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