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Fact Check: Imposter account falsely claims that Raj Thackeray Lends Support To Kangana Ranaut

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The claim that Thackeray tweeted that Kangana Ranaut is welcome in Mumbai on September 9 and challenged Sanjay Raut is false. 

Amid the ongoing war of words between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's and actor Kangana Ranaut, a screenshot of a tweet, purportedly by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is going viral on social media platforms. The viral tweet shows Thackeray coming forward in support of Kangana Ranaut and also stating that he would welcome her back to Mumbai on September 9, 2020. 

The tweet states that Ranaut will be given a grand welcome in Mumbai and challenges Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to stop her if he has the courage.

The tweet by the account 'Raj Thackrey' reads, "This upcoming September 9 Hindu tigress Kangana Ranaut will be given a grand welcome in Maharashtra's capital Mumbai. Sanjay Raut, if you have the courage, stop and show." (Translated from Hindi)

At the time of writing this article, this tweet has been shared over 3300 times. 

A Twitter user quoted the viral tweet saying, "@RealThackeray thanks for supporting @kangna_ranaut. Why @rautsanjay61  is upset when u have nothing to do with #JusticeforSushantSingRajput."

The tweet is viral in the backdrop of a series of tweets by Ranaut and counter statements by Maharashtra political leaders against her.

However, the Twitter account that posted this tweet is an imposter account.

 We found that the fake account had changed its handle several times, from@proudhindu29 to @RealThackeray to @ThackerayOffic. One can see the old user handle name @realThackeray and @proudhindu29.

The account in its bio misleadingly claims that it is an official account of Raj Thackeray. The text reads, "Official Twitter handle Raj Thackeray". The impostor account was created in August 2020, with 7,950 followers and has five tweets, largely criticizing the Shiv Sena and Sanjay Raut.

The account in its bio misleadingly claims that it is an official account of Raj Thackeray. The text reads, "Official Twitter handle Raj Thackeray". The impostor account was created in August 2020, with 7,950 followers and has 8 tweets, largely criticizing the Shiv Sena and Sanjay Raut.

The official Twitter handle of Raj Thackeray is @RajThackeray, which is verified by Twitter. A look through his timeline, we found that the MNS chief has not tweeted anything as said in the tweet or extended support to Ranaut. Thackeray had last tweeted was on September 3, 2020.

In conclusion, the claim that Thackeray tweeted that Kangana Ranaut is welcome in Mumbai on September 9 and challenged Sanjay Raut is false. 

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