Raj Thackeray (Marathi: राज ठाकरे) (born June 14, 1968) is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman
Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray today shot down the suggestion of his party joining the grand alliance of Sena-BJP-RPI to take on the ruling Congress-NCP in Maharashtra and asserted his outfit will capture power in the State on its own strength. We will come to power on our own, Raj said, addressing party workers at the seventh anniversary function of MNS at Shanmukhananda Hall in Matunga here. This is the second time in a month that Raj has ruled out a tie-up with Shiv Sena, led by his estranged cousin Uddhav Thackeray, in the State, where Assembly poll is due next year along with Lok Sabha election. Last month, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief said he had no intention of aligning with anybody. There is no thought now of any alliance. Do talks of alliance happen through newspapers?, Raj had said, in a veiled reference to Uddhav's merger offer made through an interview in Sena's mouthpiece Saamana in January.
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