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About Raj Thackeray

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Raj Shrikant Thackeray (born as Swaraj 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 in the state of Maharashtra, India. He is the nephew of Balasaheb Thackeray, and a cousin of Uddhav Thackeray, the current leader and chairperson of the Shiv Sena.

Raj Thackeray’s commonly used name is a contraction of Swaraj. His parents were Shrikant Thackeray  and Kunda Thackeray (younger sister of Bal Thackeray’s wife Meena Thackeray). As a child he learnt the tabla, the guitar and the violin. He also contributed cartoons to Marmik, the weekly magazine of Bal Thackeray.

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Raj Thackeray and his party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, state that Maharashtra State, Marathi language and Marathi Manoos are subverted by the influence of Marathi politicians.[19] He has opposed immigration into Maharashtra from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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Raj is married to Sharmila Wagh, daughter of Marathi cinema photographer, producer-director Mohan Wagh. They have one son named Amit Thackeray and one daughter Urvashi Thackeray.

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