Aniruddha Ghosal


Aniruddha Ghosal is a principal correspondent with the Indian Express. He writes on politics, environment and security. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex.

2002 CNG-fitness case: Are officials sharing selective files, information, panel wants to know
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The Special Inquiry Committee on the CNG-fitness scam is headed by AAP MLA Rajesh Gupta and include Somnath Bharti and Rituraj as members. It is probing the alleged irregularities in awarding of contracts to check the fitness of CNG kits to commercial vehicles by the Transport Department in 2002.

Faridabad lynching: BSP MLA meets family, says will ask CM Khattar for funds
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Reacting to the stabbing of 15-year-old Junaid Khan, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Tek Chand Sharma, who has in the past openly backed the BJP, said the incident “wasn’t communal” and that he would “speak to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar” to give them financial aid from the CM relief fund. Junaid and his elder […]

AAP readies reply around difference between ‘de facto’ and ‘de jure’
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Although the notice from the EC arrived on Saturday morning, word had reached the party beforehand about the notice. As an AAP leader put it, “We are not sure why it didn’t come on Friday, considering it has been dated on that day. But reporters started calling, workers got calls and the opposition also knew."

CBI at AAP’s door: a knock out for party’s clean image?
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

AAP maintains that all of these cases are "fake", "without basis" and are being done to destabilize the government.

Desilting of drains: Delhi CM seeks action against PWD secy, he says doing my job, open to scrutiny
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The CM’s note to the chief secretary was written last Thursday, after he received letters from mayors of both East and North MCDs.

No credit card, no payment in PR deal, Manish Sisodia gets CBI knock
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Sources said Perfect Relations was chosen as media advisor in June 2016 after the Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) floated a tender in February.

Meet the public for an hour every day, Kejriwal requests L-G
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Kejriwal also asked the L-G if “it is possible to avoid calling” government officials between 10 am and 11 am — the time set by Kejriwal for government officials to meet the public.

Kejriwal at odds with L-G again: ‘Is it appropriate that files reach the BJP before CM?’
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

In his letter to the L-G, Kejriwal cites a newspaper report regarding a BJP press conference, wherein BJP MLA Vijender Gupta had accused the AAP government of not following norms while appointing members of market committees.

AAP clarifies, it wasn’t a private iftar: Amid internal conflict, CM Arvind Kejriwal attends Amanatuallah Iftar
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Controversies had begun soon after the MCD elections, when Vishwas spoke in favour of “introspection” — at a time when the party was raking up the issue of faulty EVMs.

At AAP meeting, Vishwas remarks come under fire
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

It all started after the MCD elections concluded in Delhi when Vishwas differed from the party line and spoke out in favour of “introspection”.

‘Can’t answer all questions… no one has all answers’: Sisodia talks GST during long-overdue Facebook Live
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The Facebook Live, which Sisodia hoped to hold last week, had led to a standoff between him and the Delhi government’s Directorate of Information & Publicity (DIP).

Sisodia-DIP war intensifies: Why do you need a tender for FB Live?
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Deputy CM seeks action against department chief over ‘non-performance’, ‘dereliction of duty’

Saffron’s gain in Tripura: Year after quitting Cong for TMC, 6 Tripura MLAs set to join BJP
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

If move fructifies, this will be the first time the BJP will have a presence in Tripura Assembly

Six Trinamool Congress MLAs from Tripura likely to join BJP
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

This will be the first time that the BJP will have a presence in the Tripura Assembly and the move, which the party leadership has been working on since the past six months, is one half of their long-term strategy in the state.

‘Restrategising for 2019′: AAP to hold protests on farmers’ issues, seek loan waiver
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

This was announced after a meeting of the party’s national executive, AAP’s second highest decision-making body, Sunday night.

Official dies days after accusing senior of bias
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Chaudhary M Atif was joint director of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan

Mamata Banerjee pens song for West Bengal, designs ‘unique’ state emblem
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

A source close to Banerjee said, “The song will have three verses. It is being written and composed by Mamata Banerjee. The idea was to find a song that would capture the essence of Bengal.”

Delhi CM Kejriwal writes letter to LG seeking time to meet him for ‘smooth functioning of govt’
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Kejriwal and Baijal, government officials said, are supposed to meet every Wednesday in what one spokesperson described as a "weekly attempt to ensure there is no confusion regarding the powers of the CMO and Raj Niwas".

Soon, Delhi CM Office will have no officer
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

The first two officers to leave the CMO were former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, and Tarun Sharma, the former deputy secretary to the CM.

Delhi: Law will change to bring sewer, water lines home
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Presently, the DJB Act maintains that “after obtaining the sanction for water connection from the Board, the delivery pipe shall be laid by the consumer through a licenced plumber at his own cost”.

Government blocks Manish Sisodia plan for Facebook Live
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The Delhi government passed the GST bill in the Assembly on Wednesday. While the minister has met at least 32 trade associations, the Facebook Live event was to get a “better grasp of what common people and small traders” in Delhi want, sources in the ministry said.

Tripura: Will not follow cattle sale rule
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

A BJP spokesperson, however, said the rules were not communal as they put restrictions not just on cows, but buffalos “which are still sacrificed in Hindu festivals”.

Real estate, alcohol should also be under GST Bill: Arvind Subramanian
Tue, May 30, 2017

Jokingly evading any talk of politics, he said his “big hope for the GST” was “self-policing”.

Police, BJP clash across Kolkata: MHA official calls police chief
Fri, May 26, 2017

The move comes soon after the Bengal BJP unit met the Governor.

CM Mamata Banerjee’s security team comes to rescue of trapped monkey
Fri, May 26, 2017

Mamata asked the officers “to not use torches and rescue the monkey without scaring it”.

Parched: Delhi doesn’t have enough water for its ever-growing needs
Mon, May 22, 2017

The AAP government has maintained that it will, unlike the previous Congress government, not privatise water supply.

Her message to Kejriwal: Don’t worry about Cong, focus on BJP
Thu, May 18, 2017

Mamata’s advice to Kejriwal was to not take on both parties

Trinamool Congress gets I-T showcause notice on ‘discrepancies’ in audit report
Thu, May 18, 2017

Trinamool Congress fielded candidates from two seats in Haryana — Kurukshetra and Rohtak — in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Both the candidates were defeated.

IT professional behind ‘expose’: Cheques shown by Kapil Mishra not encashed
Wed, May 17, 2017

Accusing Haslam of “working for the BJP”, AAP leaders asked why the cheques were never cashed and where Mishra got these cheques addressed to the party

Why the mythology of an incorruptible Kejriwal is important for AAP
Tue, May 16, 2017

The story the party weaved was that Kejriwal was incorruptible, allowing him incredible and almost unprecedented electoral success.

Delhi per capita income 3-times more than rest of india: Even as city retains top spot, over 17 lakh are BPL
Tue, May 16, 2017

But 17 lakh people in Delhi continue to live below the poverty line, as per latest estimates, making do with an income less than Rs 1,134, per month

Aam Aadmi Pressure
Sun, May 14, 2017

Since its far-less-than-expected results in Punjab and rout in the Delhi bypoll, AAP has its back to the wall. Hands tied by an adversarial Centre, the way the party reacts to this crisis may well define its future. The Indian Express reports

Mamata to meet Sonia, Kejriwal next week
Sat, May 13, 2017

Finding a common Opposition candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections is likely to be the main issue in Banerjee’s discussions with Sonia.

Bharatpur: Before CM Vasundhra Raje’s arrival, hospital staff changed bedsheets
Fri, May 12, 2017

CM Vasundhra Raje assured the injured that the government “would stand by them”.

In Bharatpur, one wedding and 24 funerals
Fri, May 12, 2017

The Bharatpur wedding ‘hall” is actually an open courtyard, where a tent was put up with support from the long brick wall.

Bharatpur wall collapse: 24 dead, 30 injured at wedding hall; owner booked
Thu, May 11, 2017

Bharatpur wall collapse: Four among the 23 dead were children