When Raj Thackeray organised a massive rally at Mumbai's Azad Maidan on 21 August to demand that the then city Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik and Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil resign owning responsibility for the violence during a rally of the Muslim community on 11 August, it was hailed as the coming of age of the new-age Balasaheb Thackeray. He seemed to be doing everything right. Many gushed over his sense of style and the note of challenge -- his trademark -- in his speech.
Earlier, he had defied the police order to hold a protest meeting at Azad Maidan and not a rally. He addressed the MNS workers with his usual flamboyance, designer sunglasses and corporate boardroom dressing completing the picture.
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