Abhinav Rajput

Abhinav Rajput is a principal correspondent with The Indian Express. He covers Delhi civic bodies, city’s politics. He is an alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He tweets at @abhinavrt

Articles By Abhinav Rajput

Hit by AAP-Congress alliance confusion: BJP’s candidate plans

While AAP has declared candidates for all seats, the Congress has declared four. BJP, which has all seven sitting MPs in the city, has not announced a single candidate.

Delhi govt has not sought land to relocate Mayapuri scrap dealers: DDA

The DDA official said that in the aftermath of the violence he got records and minutes of meetings checked, but could not find anything to substantiate AAP’s claims.

Uphill task for BJP: Making sure sealing heat doesn’t singe Delhi unit

BJP sources said leaders have been told that AAP had “falsely created a perception” that the BJP-ruled MCDs are responsible for sealing “even though it has been done on orders of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee”.

Contesting all 7 seats, BSP wants a say in Delhi

The JD(U) and Shiv Sena, which fought the MCD elections in 2017, will however not be fielding any candidate this time round, since both are allies of the BJP and hope to instead focus on organisation building in the capital.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress hopes to pin down opposition by fielding Sushil Kumar

The Congress will make a formal announcement in the next two days. “Sushil is keen on fighting from West Delhi but the party’s calculation says it would be better if he is fielded from South Delhi,” a senior leader said.

Lok Sabha polls: Congress decides four candidates in capital, threee on hold

A senior Congress leader said former DPCC chief Ajay Maken could be the party’s candidate from New Delhi; Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk; Jai Prakash Agarwal from North East; and Raj Kumar Chauhan from North West.

From park to classroom, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel takes the fight to AAP

Asked whether a section of the Delhi BJP unit could see it as an intrusion, Goel says, “I think I am complementing their work. If I would be intruding, the seniors would have pulled me up, but that never happened.”

Students who failed brought to Goel event, Delhi BJP to probe

Alleging that around one lakh students who failed were not re-admitted to Delhi government schools, Union Minister Vijay Goel Friday said he will conduct a "reality check" of schools to "expose the false claims" of the Aam Aadmi Party.

BJP leaders push own cause, panels lie in wait

A senior leader said that in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP state unit has been forming several poll committees — for public campaign, party manifesto, poll management, media coordination, publicity and road shows.

Mehar Chand market, which faced sealing brunt year ago, will take issue to polling booth

Now, with general elections approaching, traders said sealing will be the only thing on their mind when they go out to vote on May 12.

Delhi BJP could float Kumar Vishwas name from East, pit him against Atishi

Meanwhile, the Delhi unit of the BJP will come out with a separate manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, with a special focus on local issues, Tiwari had said on Monday.

Delhi: In bid to boost BJP campaign, Manoj Tiwari meets Kumar Vishwas, Sapna Chaudhary

Sources said that in the past, Vishwas has shown an interest in fighting from the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat, which General (retd) VK Singh holds.

Cramped rooms, poor transport and unreliable water supply: DDA residents complain

With 18,000 new homes being put on sale, The Indian Express revisit the complexes that came up five years ago

Not just Purvanchalis, Delhi BJP wants more communities in campaign net

A senior party leader said the Delhi BJP has also held meetings with people from Uttarakhand, and plans to address those from Jharkhand, Odisha and Tamil Nadu, among others.

Lok Sabha elections: Delhi BJP candidate list to be out by April 5

Sources said that there are chances of candidates being changed in at least three constituencies, either in East Delhi, Northwest Delhi, New Delhi or Chandni Chowk.

Rework LS list, BJP high command tells Delhi unit

Senior leaders, including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Delhi BJP organisational secretary Siddharthan and Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, had been sent the list of probables on Friday.

Sapna features in another photo, this time with Manoj Tiwari

When contacted, Delhi BJP media co-in charge Neelkant Bakshi said, “They knew each other from earlier and the visit was because she was upset over false news being spread about her.”

Under sealing shadow, Delhi BJP leaders steer clear of civic bodies

Party sources said the Delhi BJP has not given senior officials of the corporations any major responsibilities and that their role will be limited to campaigning. “The idea is that if the MCDs are not up to mark, it should not affect other elections...,” a leader said.

Delhi: Focus on JJ clusters, BJP set to bring Purvanchali stars

About a third of Delhi lives in sub-standard housing at the moment, which includes 695 slums and JJ clusters, 1,797 unauthorised colonies and old dilapidated areas, and 362 villages.

Work by MPs not enough, BJP campaign will focus on Modi in Delhi

A senior party leader said that during feedback sessions conducted by leaders such as Jai Bhan Pawaiya and Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, most office-bearers said there is anti-incumbency against the MPs but not against PM Modi.