Bal Keshav Thackeray, one of India’s most polarising politicians and leader of an influential right-wing Hindu extremist party that has ruled Mumbai for much of the past two decades, died on Saturday aged 86, one of his doctors said.

Thackeray, the founder and president of the hardline Shiv Sena (Lord Army) party, was one of the most outspoken figures of India’s Hindu nationalist and extremist movement, and rose to prominence with his fiery rhetoric against immigration in India’s richest city. So-often he used to kick out Muslims from the India and break relations with Pakistan. He also used to attack on joint ventures of India and Pakistan.

Thackeray, who was admitted into a central Mumbai hospital in July, died of cardio-respiratory arrest at his home, the doctor, Jalil Parker, said.