"I have never supported the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). I only said that all illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims should be sent back immediately," he said at a meeting of party leaders.
Thane MNS chief Avinash Jadhav and others referred to Raj as the 'new Hindu Hridaysamrat' which was greeted with thunderous applause.
The move comes after Raj Thackeray unveiled his party's new flag which in saffron colour and bears the 'rajmudra' (royal seal)used during the times of warrior King Shivaji.
Adopting an aggressive Hindutva stance during his speech, Thackeray questioned the use of loudspeakers in mosques.
The new saffron-coloured flag of the party also features Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Raj Mudra.
BJP and the MNS did not have any ideological affinity, says Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
Fadnavis, a former Maharashtra chief minister, and Raj Thackeray met in Prabhadevi in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Raj Thackeray also raised questions over the proposed 'influx' of immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to India under the recently-passed act.
A party official said Raj Thackeray plans to attend the oath-taking ceremony but it was not immediately clear whether he would go alone or with the family.
Ajit Pawar's "revolt" virtually sabotaged the efforts of the Sena, NCP and Congress to prop up a government of disparate allies.
Maharashtra came under the President's Rule today after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his approval for the requisite notification.
Thackeray also said he had asked political parties to boycott the polls over the issue of EVMs but no one was ready to do so.
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray, however, has not been able to book any ground for his first rally in Pune on October 9.
The incident happened at around 1:30 pm at Sanpada when Thackeray and his family were returning from Ekvira Devi Temple in Karla in Lonavla.
Thackeray, who had avoided public appearance after he was grilled by the ED on August 22, said that he would address his first election rally on October 5.