Politician of Maharashtra, India. Founder chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party-started his political career with right wing Shiv Sena party of Maharashtra. Nephew of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. In September 2004, Raj revealed that he aspired to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He however did not contest the elections.
Once seen as the number 3 in the party after his uncle Bal Thackeray but sidelined by cousin Uddhav, the son of Bal Thackeray and Shiv Sena's executive President.
Raj Thackeray resigned from the party in December 2005 after blaming Uddhav Thackeray and his companions of ruining the Shiv Sena. He has form a new political party and has chosen to whip up parochial pro-Marathi popular sentiments.