Swapnil Rawal

Swapnil Rawal

Swapnil Rawal is Principal Correspondent with the Hindustan Times. He covers urban development and infrastructure. He had long stints with leading national dailies and has experience of over a decade in journalism.

Articles by Swapnil Rawal
File photo: PM Modi.(@BJP4Bengal)
File photo: PM Modi.(@BJP4Bengal)

'PM Modi’s andolanjeevi remark is insult to freedom movement': Shiv Sena

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 10:50 PM IST
  • Sena also accused PM Modi of ridiculing protesters including the farmers agitating against the three farm laws.
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Uddhav Thackeray and Jayant Patil. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Uddhav Thackeray and Jayant Patil. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Maharashtra: It’s mission Vidarbha for Shiv Sena and NCP

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:34 PM IST
From visits to promises, the two parties are trying hard to woo the stronghold of the BJP and Congress
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A frontline worker receives the Covid-19 vaccine at Rajawadi Hospital, on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
A frontline worker receives the Covid-19 vaccine at Rajawadi Hospital, on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Maharashtra takes measures to prevent spread of new strains of Covid-19

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday directed state authorities to remain vigilant to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases
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Remain vigilant: Maharashtra CM as Covid-19 positivity rate rises in rural areas

PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:52 AM IST
A central team visited Nagpur, Amravati, Akola and Yavatmal and pointed out that these areas have a high positivity rate, following which Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with officials
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (HT file)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (HT file)

Sena need not lie about what happened in Balasaheb’s room: Sanjay Raut

PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Amit Shah, who visited Sindhudurg on Sunday, had reiterated that he never promised Shiv Sena that it would share the chief ministership for an equal term
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Nana Patole at a protest held by Maratha community, at Azad Maidan on Friday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Nana Patole at a protest held by Maratha community, at Azad Maidan on Friday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)

Disquiet in Maha ruling coalition over Patole’s resignation as House speaker

PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 02:25 AM IST
  • Echoing Pawar’s opinion, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Like Sharad Pawar saheb said, there will be discussion on the [Speaker post] again.”
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Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar advises Sachin Tendulkar to exercise caution

By Faisal Malik and Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 02:23 AM IST
NCP chief Sharad Pawar advised Bharat Ratna awardee and former international cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to be cautious, while commenting on issues outside his field
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Sharad Pawar slammed the Centre for failing to handle the farmers’ agitation properly and taking extreme steps against the protestors, which have never happened in the country post-independence.(HT file photo)
Sharad Pawar slammed the Centre for failing to handle the farmers’ agitation properly and taking extreme steps against the protestors, which have never happened in the country post-independence.(HT file photo)

Intervention by PM Modi may resolve farm bills issues, says Sharad Pawar

PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 01:53 AM IST
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the defence minister Rajnath Singh should intervene and resolve the impasse.
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Political observers said Thackeray cozy-ing up to the BJP could be early signs of an alliance in the offing ahead of Mumbai civic election.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Political observers said Thackeray cozy-ing up to the BJP could be early signs of an alliance in the offing ahead of Mumbai civic election.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi should make phone call to resolve deadlock: Raj Thackeray

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:59 AM IST
Raj Thackeray said that Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi should make a ‘phone call’ to resolve the farmer’s stir.
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Sharad Pawar.
Sharad Pawar.

Maharashtra: Intervention by PM Modi may resolve farm bills issues, says Pawar

By Faisal Malik and Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:29 AM IST
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that the highest level intervention from the Central government may help in resolving the deadlock between the Centre and farmers organisation over contentious farm bills which has resulted in over 70-day long protest, by the agrarian community
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"They (Tendulkar and Mangeshkar) are legends in their fields, and they are very simple people. They should not have been asked to tweet with the same hashtag," said Maharashtra CM.(Reuters Photo)
"They (Tendulkar and Mangeshkar) are legends in their fields, and they are very simple people. They should not have been asked to tweet with the same hashtag," said Maharashtra CM.(Reuters Photo)

'Exercise caution': Pawar's piece of advice to Tendulkar amid farmers' stir

UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 04:08 PM IST
  • Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) also took on the Centre for dragging Bharat Ratna in its campaign to counter tweets by celebrities such as international pop star Rihanna.
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray also indirectly slammed PM Modi saying that if the Centre does not want non-Indians to give out opinion on issues of India, then he should not have campaigned for former United States president Donald Trump. (HT FILE)
MNS chief Raj Thackeray also indirectly slammed PM Modi saying that if the Centre does not want non-Indians to give out opinion on issues of India, then he should not have campaigned for former United States president Donald Trump. (HT FILE)

PM Modi should make phone call to resolve deadlock: MNS chief

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:54 PM IST
Raj Thackeray said that Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi should make a ‘phone call’ to resolve the farmer’s stir. He also talked about the Maharashtra government’s U turn on giving relief to consumers for inflated bills.
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The editorial sought to caution Congress over Patole's appointment.(HT file photo)
The editorial sought to caution Congress over Patole's appointment.(HT file photo)

Shiv Sena expresses displeasure over Nana Patole's resignation

PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 03:41 PM IST
An editorial in the Sena's mouthpiece Saamana said the Congress was given the Constitutional post for a full-term and not for Patole to resign in a year. It sought to caution Congress over Patole's appointment.
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Shiv Sena workers protest against the Centre over fuel price hike outside the collector’s office in Bandra on Friday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Shiv Sena workers protest against the Centre over fuel price hike outside the collector’s office in Bandra on Friday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

BJP, Shiv Sena trade barbs against each other over power bills, fuel price rise

By Surendra P Gangan and Swapnil Rawal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:57 AM IST
Sena leaders led the protests at Dadar, Byculla, Goregaon, Thane and Mira-Bhayander areas against the “loot of common man” by the Union government
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 (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Maharashtra crosses 400,000 Covid vaccinations

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:23 AM IST
Maharashtra on Friday crossed the landmark of 400,000 vaccinations, of which nearly 97% are healthcare workers (HCWs)
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Shiv Sena party workers protest against hike in fuel prices in Mumbai on February 5. (PTI)
Shiv Sena party workers protest against hike in fuel prices in Mumbai on February 5. (PTI)

Mumbai: Shiv Sena organises protests against rising fuel prices

PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 02:03 PM IST
The party has warned it would intensify the protests if the Centre does not take steps to reduce the prices. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said the state government should reduce its share of taxes on fuel to bring the prices down
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Nihang Sikhs at Red Fort during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day, in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Nihang Sikhs at Red Fort during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day, in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)

Chinese incursion insult to tricolour, not farmers’ protest: Sena slams PM

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:30 PM IST
On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi had referred to the events at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day and said, “India was saddened by the insult of the tricolour on Republic Day
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Uddhav Thackeray was speaking at the inaugural session of Colaba Conversation, a conference organised by the Observer Research Foundation to discuss policy issues affecting the city, the country and world. (HT File)
Uddhav Thackeray was speaking at the inaugural session of Colaba Conversation, a conference organised by the Observer Research Foundation to discuss policy issues affecting the city, the country and world. (HT File)

Need affordable, eco-friendly mass transport in post-pandemic world: Maharashtra CM

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:58 AM IST
Thackeray added that the Covid-19-pandemic brought the world to a pause and the reset button needs should be thinking and changing the manner in which things are done in the future
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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut with BKU leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border) on Monday, Febuary 2, 2021. (Sakib Ali /Ht Photo)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut with BKU leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border) on Monday, Febuary 2, 2021. (Sakib Ali /Ht Photo)

Shiv Sena MPs meet farmer leader at Ghazipur border to express support

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:28 AM IST
After its half-hearted show of solidarity with the farmers who had marched into Mumbai last week, the Shiv Sena came out in full support of the agitation on Tuesday
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (HT Photo)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (HT Photo)

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut to visit Ghazipur border, meet protesting farmers today

PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 10:11 AM IST
The Shiv Sena, like other Opposition parties, has supported the farmers’ agitation and demanded the withdrawal of the three new farm laws that they have been objecting to
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A healthcare worker being administered the Covid-19 vaccine at BYL Nair Hospital on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A healthcare worker being administered the Covid-19 vaccine at BYL Nair Hospital on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

309K get Covid-19 vax shots in Maharashtra; phase 2 starts today

PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 01:05 AM IST
Maharashtra’s vaccination figures have crossed the 300,000-mark after 40,331 (77%) of the 52,100 registered healthcare workers (HCWs) were immunised against Covid-19 on Monday across 531 centres
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Shoppers watch the highlights of the Union budget 2021-22 presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on TV screens at a TV showroom in Prabhadevi on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Shoppers watch the highlights of the Union budget 2021-22 presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on TV screens at a TV showroom in Prabhadevi on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

MVA leaders term Budget a maha disappointment; Opposition denies

By Surendra P Gangan and Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Announcements only on Metro lines for Nagpur, Pune, some road and railway projects in Maharashtra. State officials to study Budget to see the benefits for Maharashtra.
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A beneficiary gets Covid-19 vaccine, at Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on January 29. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A beneficiary gets Covid-19 vaccine, at Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on January 29. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Mumbai Covid cases rise even as Maharashtra registers a dip

UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 11:05 AM IST
Cases in Mumbai could have seen an upswing due to increased and targeted testing, said a health department official
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Uday Samant.
Uday Samant.

Maharashtra govt may reopen colleges soon; Samant meets Koshyari after criticism

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 12:02 AM IST
The state government is likely to restart offline lectures in colleges and universities soon, said Uday Samant, higher and technical education minister on Sunday, after meeting the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari
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NCP MP Supriya Sula and her husband Sadanand were present at the engagement ceremony of Purvashi Raut, daughter of Sena leader Sanjay Raut, at a hotel in Santacruz. (Supriya Sule/Twitter)
NCP MP Supriya Sula and her husband Sadanand were present at the engagement ceremony of Purvashi Raut, daughter of Sena leader Sanjay Raut, at a hotel in Santacruz. (Supriya Sule/Twitter)

Mumbai: BJP, NCP, Sena leaders come together for Sanjay Raut’s daughter’s engagement

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Senior leaders from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena on Sunday once again came together under one roof, for the engagement of Purvashi Raut, daughter of senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut at a five-star hotel in Santacruz
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Sanjay Raut hit out at the Centre over the farmers protest in his Saamana column.(HT_PRINT)
Sanjay Raut hit out at the Centre over the farmers protest in his Saamana column.(HT_PRINT)

Farmers 'ill-treatment' by PM Modi, Shah, may trigger unrest: Sanjay Raut

By Swapnil Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 03:03 PM IST
  • Raut said that the events of January 26 could have been avoided by the Centre and alleged that the ‘infiltration’ at Red Fort was engineered to cause a split among the protesting farmers.
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Vaccine beneficiaries wait at the observation room after getting the vaccine at BYL Nair Hospital. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Vaccine beneficiaries wait at the observation room after getting the vaccine at BYL Nair Hospital. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

40K health workers get Covid-19 vaccine in Maharashtra, tally touches 261,319

PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 12:48 AM IST
Meanwhile, Mumbai achieved 72% of its daily vaccination target on Friday, with 5,510 HCWs getting the shot across 12 centres
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Mumbai locals to accommodate more passengers from September 21.(PTI)
Mumbai locals to accommodate more passengers from September 21.(PTI)

Mumbai local trains open to all from February 1 but only within 3 time slots

By Swapnil Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 02:35 PM IST
  • Till now only essential services staff, women, and some other categories were allowed to use the local train service to prevent crowding.
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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. (File photo)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. (File photo)

Court fails to see plight of Marathis: Sena on border dispute with Karnataka

UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 01:07 PM IST
Saamana further slammed Karnataka deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi over his demand that Mumbai be made a Union Territory
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Thackeray is now relying on Sena’s time-tested issue of Marathi pride to counter his political rivals. (CMO)
Thackeray is now relying on Sena’s time-tested issue of Marathi pride to counter his political rivals. (CMO)

Maharashtra-Karnataka border row: Uddhav Thackeray turns aggressive to corner BJP

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 02:29 AM IST
Maharashtra chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has become aggressive on the issue of the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute over the past two days, leading to political bickering, with claims and counter-claims between the two states
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