Naresh Kamath

Naresh Kamath

Naresh is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Mumbai, since 2005. He covers the real estate sector, in addition to doing political reportage.

Articles by Naresh Kamath
Preeti Sharma Menon. (Hindustan Times/File)
Preeti Sharma Menon. (Hindustan Times/File)

After Surat success AAP targets Mumbai civic body polls

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:10 AM IST
‘Surat today, Mumbai tomorrow’, read the tagline of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the city as they celebrated their remarkable performance in the Surat Municipal Corporation, where they won 27 seats in their debut election
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 (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
(BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra sees 10K new Covid cases for the first time in 2021

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:21 AM IST
Maharashtra on Friday saw 10,216 new Covid cases in a day, crossing the 10,000-mark for the first time this year
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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. (HT FILE)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. (HT FILE)

Raj Thackeray travels without mask to Nashik amid Covid-19 surge

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:48 AM IST
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray travelled without wearing a mask and even asked former Nashik mayor Ashok Murtadak to remove his mask when he came to greet him.
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(HT PHOTO)

Housing sector remained under pressure during 2020-21: Maharashtra economic survey

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:07 AM IST
The Economic Survey tabled in the state legislature has revealed that the housing sector remained under pressure in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown
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Kirit Somaiya. (Hindustan Times)
Kirit Somaiya. (Hindustan Times)

Kirit Somaiya files police complaint against Maharashtra CM; Sena says claims false

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:32 AM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya has filed a police complaint against chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, at the Revdanda police station in Raigad district, for allegedly misusing his position for purchase of 19 houses by his wife Rashmi and Manisha, wife of Shiv Sena legislator Ravindra Waikar, at Alibag
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Citizens in a queue outside Bandra-Kurla Complex vaccination centre on Tuesday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Citizens in a queue outside Bandra-Kurla Complex vaccination centre on Tuesday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Covid-19 vaccination drive turnout improving in Maharashtra

UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:27 AM IST
A total of 33,044 people were vaccinated on Tuesday. Of these, 12,299 were citizens above 60 years, while 3,812 were in the age group of 45-60 with comorbidities
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A senior citizen gets her first dose of Covid vaccine at BKC jumbo Covid centre in Mumbai on Monday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
A senior citizen gets her first dose of Covid vaccine at BKC jumbo Covid centre in Mumbai on Monday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Maharashtra sees slight dip in Covid cases with 6,000 new ones

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 01:25 AM IST
While battling glitches on the CoWIN app, 4,723 members of the general public received the first shot of the vaccine on Monday. The state also saw the number of new cases of Covid-19 fall to the 6,000 range after hovering above 8,000 for the past five days.
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An artist paints a wall at Matunga, stressing the need for Covid-appropriate behaviour, on Sunday. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
An artist paints a wall at Matunga, stressing the need for Covid-appropriate behaviour, on Sunday. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

Maharashtra crosses 8,000 new Covid cases for fifth day in row

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:32 AM IST
Maharashtra on Sunday recorded more than 8,000 Covid-19 new cases for the fifth consecutive day, while Mumbai reported more than 1,000 cases again, after a day’s gap.
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Sanjay Rathod (centre) staged a show of strength at Washim, where thousands of his supporters gathered, violating Covid norms. (HT FILE)
Sanjay Rathod (centre) staged a show of strength at Washim, where thousands of his supporters gathered, violating Covid norms. (HT FILE)

Sanjay Rathod’s future uncertain; BJP may disrupt Maharashtra session

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:12 AM IST
The BJP wants Sena minister Sanjay Rathod to be dropped from state Cabinet; CM Uddhav Thackeray irked over link to woman’s death by suicide, show of strength, say sources.
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A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a construction worker for Covid-19 test, at Siddhivinayak Metro site in Mumbai on February 25. (PTI)
A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a construction worker for Covid-19 test, at Siddhivinayak Metro site in Mumbai on February 25. (PTI)

As Covid cases spike, CM threat of lockdown sees Mumbai events being cancelled

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:32 PM IST
For social events, the state has mandated a maximum of 50 persons at a time in the banquet hall; they should be wearing masks along and maintaining social distance
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There are approximately 400,000 hotels and restaurants in Maharashtra. (HT File)
There are approximately 400,000 hotels and restaurants in Maharashtra. (HT File)

Another lockdown in Maharashtra will cripple our businesses: Hoteliers

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:01 AM IST
They pointed out that they are already facing losses as they are currently operating with 50% capacity
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Rail roko agitation in Haryana’s Sonipat. The rail services in Maharashtra were not disrupted for long. (PTI)
Rail roko agitation in Haryana’s Sonipat. The rail services in Maharashtra were not disrupted for long. (PTI)

Rail roko: Local train service unaffected in Maharashtra

By Naresh Kamath and Aroosa Ahmed
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:38 AM IST
The farmers staged agitations at places like Dahanu, Aurangabad and Parbhani. However, they were detained by the police and the rail traffic wasn’t disrupted for long
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Farmer Somnath Aher at his wheat farm in Dindori, Nashik (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Farmer Somnath Aher at his wheat farm in Dindori, Nashik (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Farm stir: In north Maharashtra, farmers divided over pvt traders, contract farming

PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 12:18 AM IST
Farmers in the region are largely unaware of the three laws. They are more troubled by local issues which they face on a daily basis
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BJP demands resignation and probe against Sena minister in suicide case

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 12:26 AM IST
The episode came to the fore when 11 audio clips of a person allegedly talking with a Sena worker about the woman went viral. The BJP alleged that one of the persons in the audio clip is Sanjay Rathod.
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For years, builders have purchased land in Navi Mumbai at exorbitant prices, resulting in a speculative realty market. (Hindustan Times)
For years, builders have purchased land in Navi Mumbai at exorbitant prices, resulting in a speculative realty market. (Hindustan Times)

Amid realty sector slowdown, Cidco sells 19 plots in Navi Mumbai for 677 crore

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 11:29 PM IST
Despite the realty slowdown, builders continue to buy land at high rates as was evident when the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) on Friday sold 19 plots for 677 crore
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Shah had visited Sindhudurg to inaugurate a medical college on Sunday. (PTI File)
Shah had visited Sindhudurg to inaugurate a medical college on Sunday. (PTI File)

2 days after Amit Shah’s Maharashtra visit, 6 BJP councillors join Shiv Sena

PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:00 AM IST
The six were unlikely to get a re-nomination in the next civic polls, and hence they joined the Sena, hoping for party tickets, said sources
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Amit Shah on Sunday had said there was no talks behind closed doors on sharing the chief minister’s (CM) post with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. (PTI File)
Amit Shah on Sunday had said there was no talks behind closed doors on sharing the chief minister’s (CM) post with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. (PTI File)

Why did Fadnavis take oath secretly: Shiv Sena hits back at Amit Shah

PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 12:55 AM IST
The Shiv Sena criticised Union home minister Amit Shah over his remarks that there was no talks behind closed doors on sharing the chief minister’s (CM) post with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (PTI)

Shiv Sena criticises Shah over remark denying offer to share Maharashtra CM post

PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 04:53 PM IST
The Sena walked out of its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party after the 2019 polls following disagreements over their power-sharing agreement
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Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Hindustan Times)
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Hindustan Times)

Shiv Sena workers assault BJP leader in Pandharpur for criticising CM Uddhav Thackeray

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:13 PM IST
A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was allegedly beaten up by Shiv Sena workers on Saturday over his objectionable statements against chief minister and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
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Farmers during their ongoing protest against Centre's farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.(PTI )
Farmers during their ongoing protest against Centre's farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.(PTI )

Farmers’ struggle bound to receive global support, says Shiv Sena

PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:45 AM IST
  • Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the Centre should seriously introspect why the farmers are getting international support.
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Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar. (HT FILE)
Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar. (HT FILE)

Fresh differences in MVA over making BMC single planning authority

By Faisal Malik and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:32 AM IST
The Shiv Sena, which is ruling the civic body, has supported the idea to make BMC the single planning authority of the city on the grounds that it would help in the development of the city. However, its ruling partners —the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress — have opposed it.
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The minister said there are plans to make a vintage car museum in the city. (HT File)
The minister said there are plans to make a vintage car museum in the city. (HT File)

Aaditya Thackeray: Mumbai 24X7 nightlife to resume after pandemic

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:29 AM IST
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), an association of hoteliers, called it a positive move which will add substantially to the state’s coffers
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(Representational image) A study by HVS-Anarock suggests that fall in international tourists has severely affected Mumbai’s hotel industry. (AP)
(Representational image) A study by HVS-Anarock suggests that fall in international tourists has severely affected Mumbai’s hotel industry. (AP)

Hotels in Mumbai struggle to survive post Covid lockdown due to low occupancy

PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 11:52 PM IST
Mumbai Six months after hotels in Mumbai were allowed to reopen, most of them are still struggling to stay afloat as they are running at approximately 40% occupancy
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Prakash Ambedkar.
Prakash Ambedkar.

RSS insulted tricolour in past, says Prakash Ambedkar; asks President to condemn them

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 12:30 AM IST
Following President Ram Nath Kovind’s assertion that the insult to the tricolour was unfortunate, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar has said it was the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which had insulted the tricolour in the past
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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray.(PTI File)
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray.(PTI File)

Raj Thackeray to visit Ayodhya Ram Mandir in March; Shiv Sena takes a veiled dig

By Naresh Kamath | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 08:39 AM IST
  • After the formation of Uddhav Thackeray led Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Raj Thackeray appears to be moving closer to the BJP, said a political analyst.
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray. (HT FILE)
MNS chief Raj Thackeray. (HT FILE)

Mumbai: Inching closer to Hindutva, Raj Thackeray to visit Ayodhya in March

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 12:25 AM IST
The MNS chief will visit Ayodhya between March 1 and 9. This was decided in a party meeting held at Bandra in Mumbai.
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Local train services in Mumbai were suspended on March 23, 2020, as part of the lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 (HT PHOTO)
Local train services in Mumbai were suspended on March 23, 2020, as part of the lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 (HT PHOTO)

Trains for all, more time for eateries: Mumbai inching towards the old normal

By Aroosa Ahmed and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 11:52 PM IST
With the state’s decision to resume local train services for the general public from February 1 and extend the operational timings for restaurants and shops, the city is inching back to pre-pandemic normalcy
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Savadi’s statement came in response to Uddhav Thackeray’s call for declaring the disputed areas between the two states a Union Territory until the Supreme Court decides on a pending petition over Maharashtra’s claims over Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka. (HT archive)
Savadi’s statement came in response to Uddhav Thackeray’s call for declaring the disputed areas between the two states a Union Territory until the Supreme Court decides on a pending petition over Maharashtra’s claims over Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka. (HT archive)

Maharashtra’s MVA slams Karnataka dy CM for seeking UT status for Mumbai

By Faisal Malik & Naresh Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:02 PM IST
The NCP called the demand baseless and pointless while the Shiv Sena said those making it should not forget Uddhav Thackeray is the Maharashtra chief minister
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Goregaon East. (HT PHOTO)
Goregaon East. (HT PHOTO)

Mumbai: Covid-19 Vaccine, lower prices bring back optimism in realty: Survey

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:56 PM IST
The future seems brighter for the real estate sector this year after it faced a battering in 2020 courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown
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Farmers participate in tractor rally near Nangloi in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Farmers participate in tractor rally near Nangloi in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

'Maharashtra handled farmers' stir maturely': Pawar jabs Centre over Delhi clash

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 11:10 PM IST
  • “From last 60 days, these farmers were sitting patiently, asking for the farm laws to be withdrawn but the government displayed no serious intentions,” said Pawar.
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