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Raj Thackeray, a man who only protests
Raj Thackrey, the leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai today, and has demanded resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil in his protest rally with the support of 40,000 people. In his march from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan he lead his supporters, and did not care about any resulting social or civic inconvenience to the people in his own state. This is not something new we are hearing about Raj Shirikant Thackeray. He is always in the news as a hyperactive leader who is always creating some or the other issues in the state of Maharashtra - while playing and expanding to his vote bank in the state.

EVEN AFTER seperating from his uncle, his inspiration and political mentor Bal Thackeray in 2006, Raj (Shirikant) Thackeray never wanted to have any enmity with him. But rumours, talks and controversies never left him alone. When, in 1997, he started Shiv Udyog Sena, a youth wing of Shiv Sena, he tried to strengthen his youth leader image.

He took some steps to create employment for the people of the state. But these efforts did not last long as he had to leave Shiv Sena in 2006, and many speculations were made for the reason behind his exit. The popular rumor being that he was being “sidelined” by Bal Thackeray’s son Uddhav. In the same year Raj Thackeray announced his intention to start his own political party.

Then he started Maharashtra Navnirman Sena with an ideology that seemed biased - that of protecting the interests of the local marathis in Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, where large number of people spoke Marathi, he wanted to create Marathi Manoos - in order to subvert the influence of Marathi politicians.

These views of Raj Thackeray and his many hate-speeches created a wave of hatred among Marathis forpeople from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states in North India. Since the creation of his party, Raj Thackeray has opposed immigration into Maharashtra from North India. In his controversial speeches he always criticizes the governments of North India.

According to Raj Thackeray, bad governance, corruption, high crime rate, criminal, politicians in these two states - Bihar and Uttar Pradesh - has ruined the lives of Maratha people - who find it difficult to find a job in their own state due to migrant labour. Thackeray maintains that crime and unemployment is rapidly increasing in Maharashtra and local marathis are getting frustrated with the situation in Maharashtra.

These kinds of views and hate speeches has blazed a fire in the people from the two states. In 2008, Thackeray led a violent movement against the people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and opposed the migration of people to Maharashtra from these states. In that movement, many rickshawalas and local small-time vendors from North India were beaten by marathis and were compelled to go back to their state. He did a full fledged 'Andolan' to make his motives a success. Even after being criticized for use of violence during his agitations against North Indians, Raj Thackeray never gave up his biased views, and always tried to divide India on the basis of cast, culture and region.

Agitations, protests, violent remarks, and indulging in controversies has became a part of Raj Thackeray's life. He was always controversial like in Kohinoor Mill controversies, threatening Mumbai shop owners to have marathi sign board in 2008; reacting to the remarks of Jaya Bachchan; or calling Chatt Puja as "drama" and a "show of numerical strength". Raj always nurtured hate in his heart for the people from outside Maharshtra.

Mumbai police also acted against Raj, and once even issued a gag order preventing him from speaking to the media. Even today, he is facing several charges for instigating violence, in various courts.
With today's Azad Maidan march, Raj Thackeray is in full mood to protest for a new cause - demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil.

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