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.

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MNS books trains and hotels for Raj Thackeray’s Ayodhya tour

Mumbai: The proposed visit to Ayodhya by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on June 5 has put the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a fix, as some party members voicing for and against Thackeray’s visit
iMumbai, India - May 04, 2022: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 04, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
iMumbai, India - May 04, 2022: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 04, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 13, 2022 12:24 AM IST
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Roadshow held in Ayodhya opposing Raj Thackeray’s visit; MNS says tour on

Addressing the gathering, the lawmaker said that said the apology was non-negotiable for Thackeray’s entry to the North heartland.
As per the schedule, Raj will leave for Ayodhya on June 4, and spend the next day visiting the proposed temple site before returning on June 6. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
As per the schedule, Raj will leave for Ayodhya on June 4, and spend the next day visiting the proposed temple site before returning on June 6. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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Govt to speed up vaccination to combat possible fourth wave

Amid the surge in fresh Covid cases, the state government said that the fourth wave may arrive in the state by the month of June-July
The active cases have now reached 1,403 with Mumbai leading with 844 cases, followed by Pune at 292 and Thane with 153. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The active cases have now reached 1,403 with Mumbai leading with 844 cases, followed by Pune at 292 and Thane with 153. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Loudspeaker row: Raj writes to CM over crackdown on MNS workers

In his letter, Raj taunted CM and said that power is not permanent and it will come and go and his cousin will not be an exception to it
He further taunted and said that every Maharashtrian know well who is behind such a repressive action (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
He further taunted and said that every Maharashtrian know well who is behind such a repressive action (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 10, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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UP MP calls meeting of saints to stop Raj Thackeray from entering Ayodhya

Singh had last week demanded an apology from Raj for his violent campaign against north Indian migrants in 2008.
MNS leader Manoj Chavan, who is coordinating the event, said Raj Thackeray’s event will happen as per the schedule (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
MNS leader Manoj Chavan, who is coordinating the event, said Raj Thackeray’s event will happen as per the schedule (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 09, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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Weak on-ground MNS leadership, police action behind failure of loudspeaker agitation

The police department’s proactive action of asking Muslim clerics not to broadcast the morning azaan on loudspeakers and also to lower the decibel, put MNS on a backfoot
Political analysts and MNS insiders said that in addition to the little enthusiasm among people, deft handling of the situation by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and a weak on-ground MNS organisation, seem to be the reasons behind the failure. (Praful Gangurde)
Political analysts and MNS insiders said that in addition to the little enthusiasm among people, deft handling of the situation by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and a weak on-ground MNS organisation, seem to be the reasons behind the failure. (Praful Gangurde)
Published on May 06, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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Faced with lacklustre response, MNS shifts focus to signature campaign against loudspeakers atop mosques

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s crackdown on the MNS workers as well as heavy police bandobast blunted the right-wing party’s aggression
Many mosques in Malegaon removed their loudspeakers, while those in Bhiwandi toned down their volumes. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Many mosques in Malegaon removed their loudspeakers, while those in Bhiwandi toned down their volumes. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 06, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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MNS campaign against loudspeakers at mosques fails to evoke response

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s agitation against loudspeakers atop mosques did not evoke much response on day one even as the police took adequate precautions to prevent any attempts to create communal strife in the state
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Published on May 04, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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‘Till it reaches logical conclusion’: Raj Thackeray on agitation over loudspeakers

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said use of loudspeakers to broadcast the 5am azaan was a violation of Supreme Court guidelines but added that he was against use of loudspeakers by mosques throughout the day
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (HT Photo/Satish Bate/)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (HT Photo/Satish Bate/)
Updated on May 04, 2022 05:38 PM IST
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Hanuman Chalisa played at some places amid row over loudspeakers at mosques

Police action and observance of the loudspeaker norms at mosques ensured the situation remained under control
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray threatened to launch an agitation from Wednesday if the public address systems were not removed from Muslim places of worship. (PTI)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray threatened to launch an agitation from Wednesday if the public address systems were not removed from Muslim places of worship. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2022 12:31 PM IST
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Case filed against Raj Thackeray over his speech on loudspeakers

Police charged Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray withprovocation with intent to cause riot over his repeated threats to protest against loudspeakers in mosques and issued prohibitory orders to thousands of his followers.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray with his daughter at his 'Shivteerth' residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
MNS chief Raj Thackeray with his daughter at his 'Shivteerth' residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Raj Thackeray booked for provocative speech at Aurangabad rally

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was booked on Tuesday for his provocative speech at a rally in Aurangabad on May 1
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI
Published on May 04, 2022 12:17 AM IST
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BySurendra P Gangan and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

Loudspeaker ultimatum: It’s now or never, Raj urges citizens to complain

According to senior MNS functionaries, Raj said that the plan remains unchanged but workers should take prior permission of the local police to stage protests
In his statement, Raj Thackeray quoted the Supreme Court’s judgement and said that it’s time to implement the guidelines issued by the apex court (ANI)
In his statement, Raj Thackeray quoted the Supreme Court’s judgement and said that it’s time to implement the guidelines issued by the apex court (ANI)
Updated on May 03, 2022 11:14 PM IST
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Raj Thackeray takes u-turn on Maha Aarti to avoid causing ‘hindrance’ on Eid

The decision holds significance as Thackeray had previously urged everyone to celebrate Akshay Tritiya with full vigour and perform Aartis.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray addresses a public rally, at Sanskrutik Mandal Maidan, in Aurangabad on Sunday. (ANI)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray addresses a public rally, at Sanskrutik Mandal Maidan, in Aurangabad on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on May 02, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray reiterates call to remove mosque loudspeakers by May 3

During his speech at a rally in Aurangabad, Thackeray appealed to the police to stop mosques from broadcasting through loudspeakers.
Raj Thackeray recently adopted hardline Hindutva for political survival. (PTI)
Raj Thackeray recently adopted hardline Hindutva for political survival. (PTI)
Published on May 02, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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Raj gets nod for Aurangabad, Uddhav to hold counter-rally at same venue

In the permission, Aurangabad police mandated that Raj Thackeray should avoid religious, casteist and regional references
It also disallowed organisers from bringing arms like swords to the rally and workers from indulging in provocative sloganeering. It warned that any violation will attract action against the organisers (HT PHOTO)
It also disallowed organisers from bringing arms like swords to the rally and workers from indulging in provocative sloganeering. It warned that any violation will attract action against the organisers (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 12:15 AM IST
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Positive builder-politician nexus to revive realty sector, says Aaditya Thackeray

Environment minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday admitted that there was a politician-builder nexus but said it was a positive one required for the revival of the realty sector in the state
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray PTI File Photo
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray PTI File Photo
Published on Apr 28, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Police yet to give nod to MNS’ Aurangabad rally

There is no question of denying permission at all. We will hold the rally on this venue itself on May 1,” said Nandgaonkar, a close confidant of Raj Thackeray after the meeting
Local police on Tuesday imposed prohibitory orders till May 9, banning the assembly of more than five people without permission (HT PHOTO)
Local police on Tuesday imposed prohibitory orders till May 9, banning the assembly of more than five people without permission (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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Ambedkarites in state feel they are leaderless today

Mumbai: As the Ambedkarites celebrated the 131st birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar with much fanfare on Thursday, the community lamented the lack of leadership in Maharashtra because of which problems such as unemployment and poverty continue to remain unsolved
Thane, India - April 14, 2022: Ambedkarites pay their respects to Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar by lighting candles at his statue on the occasion of his 131st birth anniversary at Court Naka, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Thane, India - April 14, 2022: Ambedkarites pay their respects to Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar by lighting candles at his statue on the occasion of his 131st birth anniversary at Court Naka, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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Can’t discriminate based on food, religion, minister assails housing societies

Housing minister Jitendra Awhad tweeted on Monday, “If the owner wants to rent his flat or sell his flat, he doesn’t need NOC from the society…this is increasing hatred.”
The Marathi Ekikaram Samiti (MES) is busy collating information through various sources on such high-handed tactics adopted by both the societies as well as builders (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
The Marathi Ekikaram Samiti (MES) is busy collating information through various sources on such high-handed tactics adopted by both the societies as well as builders (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 07:55 PM IST
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Flats for legislators row: Only 35 lawmakers opted for MHADA houses in 15 years

Mumbai: In view of the state government’s decision to provide 300 low-cost apartments to legislators, it has come to light that just 35 lawmakers have taken possession of the total 358 houses reserved for them in the last 10 lottery draws held in Mumbai over the last 15 years
Of the total 17,978 houses built and put up for the allotment by MHADA from 2008, 358 were reserved for legislators as part of their 2% quota (HT PHOTO)
Of the total 17,978 houses built and put up for the allotment by MHADA from 2008, 358 were reserved for legislators as part of their 2% quota (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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State govt proposal to extend term of administrators irks housing societies

The state government’s proposal to extend the term of administrators for cooperative housing societies to one year from the existing six months has stirred up controversy
An administrator is appointed by the registrar upon complaints by society members and if he finds it is a fit case to expel the managing committee. HT File Photo
An administrator is appointed by the registrar upon complaints by society members and if he finds it is a fit case to expel the managing committee. HT File Photo
Published on Apr 06, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Raj criticises cousin, asks his family to stop inferring in functioning of BMC

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who is desperate to survive in the political space, is trying to adopt the hardline Hindutva agenda
During his annual Gudi Padwa rally at Shivaji Park on Saturday, unsparing in his criticism of his cousin and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
During his annual Gudi Padwa rally at Shivaji Park on Saturday, unsparing in his criticism of his cousin and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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Covid-19 curbs lifted in state, govt insists on masking and social distancing

The local bodies were also asked to keep a close watch on new cases, active cases as well as occupancies in various hospitals and inform the higher authorities in case of a surge so that it can be controlled in the initial stage itself
Mumbai, India - April 01, 2022: With the State government lifting all Covid-19 restrictions, commuters seen without masks on a crowded railway bridge at Dadar staion, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, April 01, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - April 01, 2022: With the State government lifting all Covid-19 restrictions, commuters seen without masks on a crowded railway bridge at Dadar staion, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, April 01, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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Four app-based taxis to get aggregator licence in MMR region

The court had warned aggregators that they would be barred from offering services if they fail to abide by its orders to secure a licence for their drivers
The four companies include ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd (Ola), Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd, Meru Mobility Tech Pvt Ltd, and Mahindra Logistics Ltd . (Bloomberg)
The four companies include ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd (Ola), Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd, Meru Mobility Tech Pvt Ltd, and Mahindra Logistics Ltd . (Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Maharashtra to lift nearly all Covid-19 restrictions from April 1

The decision to lift the existing restrictions was taken during the meeting of the State Executive Committee.
The state has presently mandated double dose vaccination for those seeking to enter establishments, including malls and theatres, and travel by public transport. (Vijay Bate/HT PHOTO)
The state has presently mandated double dose vaccination for those seeking to enter establishments, including malls and theatres, and travel by public transport. (Vijay Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 01:47 AM IST
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MNS goes all out on Shiv Jayanti while Sena keeps it low-key

Shiv Jayanti celebration has always been a contentious point as the state government officially celebrates it on February 19, while political parties insist on it being celebrated as per Hindu calendar
To recover his lost support base, Raj Thackeray raised the tempo with the celebrations this year as he urged his party machinery to make it a grand affair across the state (Vijay Bate)
To recover his lost support base, Raj Thackeray raised the tempo with the celebrations this year as he urged his party machinery to make it a grand affair across the state (Vijay Bate)
Published on Mar 21, 2022 09:32 PM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Naresh Kamath

Mumbai’s housing inventory to get major boost, prices may correct

Builders have paid a record premium to the tune of 13,543 crore for the construction of 150 million square feet area.
The premiums collected by the civic body are levied for approvals like starting, progressing and completing the project or adding an additional area in the construction activity. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT PHOTO)
The premiums collected by the civic body are levied for approvals like starting, progressing and completing the project or adding an additional area in the construction activity. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 07:26 PM IST
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‘Covid-19 surge in China not a cause for concern in Maha’

Mumbai: Maharashtra recorded 157 Covid-19 new cases on Monday
Health experts have, however, warned citizens to exercise caution. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Health experts have, however, warned citizens to exercise caution. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 14, 2022 10:11 PM IST
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Buoyed by Punjab victory, AAP hopes to make a mark in BMC polls

AAP leader Priti Sharma Menon, who is in charge of the BMC campaign, called the Punjab victory a signal with regards to the BMC polls
hThe party’s victory in the Punjab polls has given a boost to its activities in Maharashtra, with AAP taking out a rally covering about 18 kilometres from Chakala in the Western suburbs to Chaityabhoomi at Dadar to celebrate the Punjab win on Sunday. (Vijay Bate)
hThe party’s victory in the Punjab polls has given a boost to its activities in Maharashtra, with AAP taking out a rally covering about 18 kilometres from Chakala in the Western suburbs to Chaityabhoomi at Dadar to celebrate the Punjab win on Sunday. (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Mar 13, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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