Sanjay Rajaram Raut
Leader of Shiv Sena, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
5 July 2004
Editor-in-chief, Saamana
In office
28 November 2019 – 1 March 2020
Preceded byUddhav Thackeray
Succeeded byRashmi Thackeray
Member, Committee on Home Affairs and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1961-11-15) 15 November 1961 (age 60)[1]
Alibag, Maharashtra, India
Political partyShiv Sena
Varsha Raut
(m. 1993)
RelationsSunil Raut (brother)
Alma materMumbai University[1]
  • Politician
  • journalist
  • film producer

Sanjay Rajaram Raut (Marathi pronunciation: [sənd͡ʒəj ɾaːut̪]; born 15 November 1961) is an Indian politician from Shiv Sena party. He is a member of the Parliament of India representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He is also the Executive Editor of Marathi newspaper Saamana, published by Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena party leader.[2][3]

Sanjay Raut is also the writer of Thackeray, a biopic about Bal Thackeray, the founder of Shiv Sena, released in 2019.[4]


After the arrest of the two girls who posted and liked a comment on Facebook about their view of Mumbai shutting down after the death of Bala Saheb Thackeray, he justified saying "We support the police's action, the Facebook comments could have led to a law and order situation."[5]

In April 2015, he made controversy by saying the voting rights of Muslims should be revoked for some years to ensure the community is not used for vote bank politics. In the newspaper Saamna, he wrote in a column, "Till Muslims are used as vote-banks, they have no future. This is why Bal Thackeray had demanded that Muslims' voting rights be taken away."[6][7][8][9]

Positions held

S. No. Position Time Ref.
1. Member of Rajya Sabha 2004-2010
2. Leader of Shiv Sena in Rajya Sabha 2004-Incumbent [10]
3. Member of Committee on Home Affairs Member

Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation

4. Member of Rajya Sabha (Second Time) 2010-2016
5. Member of Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Member

Member Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Power

6. Member of Rajya Sabha (Third Time) 2016-Incumbent [11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Detailed Profile: Shri Sanjay Raut". Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  2. ^ "सामना वृत्तपत्र".
  3. ^ "Clerk-turned-editor charts Sena's success Raut". The Times of India. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Thackeray: It is not easy to make film on Balasaheb, says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav- Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Facebook arrest row: We support police action against women, says Shiv Sena". Abhinav Bhatt. NDTV. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Sanjay Raut says revoke Muslims' voting rights, faces flak". / 12 April 2015. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Scrap Voting Rights of Muslims, Says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, Sparks Controversy".
  8. ^ "Voting rights of Muslims should be withdrawn: Shiv Sena mouthpiece". 12 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Muslims voting rights should be revoked: Sena leader Sanjay Raut".
  10. ^ "संपर्क प्रशासकीय यंत्रणा – शिवसेना नेते, उपनेते, सचिव, प्रवक्ते - शिवसेना". Archived from the original on 12 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Rajya Sabha polls: 6 candidates from Maharashtra elected unopposed".