Raj Thackeray is an Indian Politician, and chairman of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), a regional political party in India. Raj Thackeray is Bal Thackeray’s nephew and cousin to Shiva Sena chief and Maharashtra’s 19th and current chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Table of Biography
Raj Shrikant Thackeray known as Raj Thackeray was born on 14th June 1968, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Raj is 53 years old according to his birth date and also his birth name is Swaraj Shrikant Thackeray. The politician is an Indian citizen and belongs to the Hindu religion. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He was the son of Shrikant Prabhodanhar Thackeray and Kunda Thackeray. Besides that, there is no such detailed information regarding his sibling and his ethnicity.
In addition, he learned tabla, guitar, and violin as a child. He completed his school studied at Bal Mohan Vidya Mandir School, Dabar, Mumbai. Raj attended Mumbai’s Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and earned a degree. After graduation, he worked as a cartoonist for Bal Thackeray’s weekly magazine Marmik.
Early years in Shiv Sen
Raj Thackeray began his political career by launching the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the Shiv Sena’s student wing. During the 1990 Maharashtra assembly elections, he rose to fame. He thought himself to be the heir of his uncle, Balasaheb, in the 1990s. Balasaheb, on the other hand, showed a strong preference for his own son, Uddhav.
After years of being neglected, Raj Thackeray resigned from the Shiv Sena in January 2006 and announcing his intention to form a new political party. He founded the “Maharashtra Navnirman Sena” party in Mumbai on 9th March 2006. He also provides the party name a theme “Sons of Soil”. In addition, he said at the time of the party’s foundation that he does not want to have a feud with his uncle, who “was, is, and always will be (his) mentor.”
In the year 2008, he led violent activities in Maharashtra against the dominance of North Indians,s especially against Up and Bihar. His political party and Shiv Sena banned Australian cricketers from participating in IPL (season 3) in Mumbai as a protest against the attacks on Indian students in Australia. In September 2008, MNS workers started blackening English signboards to imposed Marathi signboards be used.
In the same year, Raj Thackeray threatened to ban the Bachchan family’s films unless Jaya Bachchan apologized. The reason behind that was when Jaya Bachchan said that ‘we are the people of UP so we will speak Hindi, not Marathi’.MNS workers started to attack theaters featuring movies related to Jaya. Later on, Amitabh Bachchan (husband of Jaya) apologized for it. On 2nd October 2009, MNS workers interrupted the screening of the movie ‘Wake Up Sid’ on its release in a few Pine and Mumbai theaters. After Raj objected to the references of Mumbai in the movie as “Bombay” rather than “Mumbai”. Due to this reason, in several moments in the film, he changes to “Bombay.”
Achievements and Net Worth
As a politician, Raj Thackeray has not won any awards nor got recognition yet. We can assume that in upcoming years Raj will surely receive some of them.
Talking about his net worth, it is estimated around Rs 50 crore Indian rupees. Besides that, there is no such detailed information regarding his income and salary.
Raj Thackeray is married to Sharmila Wagh, the daughter of Mohan Wagh. Mohan Wagh is a Marathi cinema photographer, producer, and director. The couple has a son named Amit Thackeray and a daughter, Urvashi Thackeray.
Raj Thackeray has not been in any kind of controversy and rumor. Moreover, he likes to keep a safe distance from them.
Body Measurement and Social media
The politician stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 75 Kg. Raj has black eyes and black hair color. Besides that, there is no information regarding Raj’s other body measurements.
Raj Thackeray is active on social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. On Raj Instagram page, there are more than 183k followers. Likewise, on Facebook, there are more than 1 million followers. Again, on his Twitter page, there are more than 1 million followers.