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

In Delhi’s Kirari, filthy water at home forces residents out

With many people leaving their homes or moving to upper floors, the situation has punctured claims by several agencies that the capital was prepared to deal with the monsoon.

AIIMS fire: 40 firemen entered building, others helped from outside

National Disaster Response Force commandant P K Srivastava said his team, along with fire officials, had to use oxygen cylinders to get past the smoke-filled staircase and reach the rooftop to create an outlet for the smoke.

‘Encroachment hindered fire operations at AIIMS’

A firefighter who handled operations Sunday said the floors have been completely gutted: “I saw the damage firsthand... There were a lot of obstacles blocking the entries and exits. That could have been avoided.”

Delhi: Hired monkey-catchers did no work, left Rs 20,000 power bill, says SDMC

The South body had offered accommodation to a group of monkey-catchers from Haryana at a community centre in Madipur six months ago, hoping that the move will intensify the monkey-catching drive.

Should councillors be given poll ticket? BJP conducts survey to find out

Sources said that the party is in a fix over whether to give tickets to councillors or not — while individually some of the leaders are popular in their areas, the civic bodies, the party feels, has a negative image among the public.

Prakash Javadekar, Hardeep Puri and Nityanand Rai will oversee Delhi BJP’s poll prep

Senior leaders said Javadekar has been chosen to spearhead the polls because he has handled organisational affairs in different states during several elections, the most recent stint being in Rajasthan during the Lok Sabha polls.

Her area under water, Delhi councillor breaks down

North MCD commissioner Varsha Joshi said the drains, constructed by the Irrigation and Flood Control department, are elevated, as a result of which it takes time for water to recede during rains. “Pumping is done as needed,” she said.

At meeting of Delhi BJP’s social media cell, Ramesh Bidhuri speaks of plot against him

Bidhuri, a popular Gujjar face, had won a second term from the seat, trouncing his closest rivals, AAP’s Raghav Chadha, by a margin of over 3 lakh votes.

Hardlook: Down to the wire

Three electrocution deaths in the city have put the spotlight on the dangers of overhead wires, especially in Old Delhi and unauthorised colonies. Abhinav Rajput & Sourav Roy Barman explore why there are no easy solutions to the mess

Delhi: Four students clean trash, notice to MCD school

Two children dressed in school uniform can be seen picking up the filth using mattocks while two others are seen collecting it in a sack right outside the school’s main gate.

Delhi: 1,800 DDA flats find no takers

Officials said the price of EWS flats in Narela, priced between Rs 11-19 lakh, had earlier been slashed by 40%.

After Sheila Dikshit’s demise — Vacuum of leadership, long road ahead for Congress

A senior Congress leader said, “Though we lost the Lok Sabha elections, the fact that we were ahead of AAP in most seats was some consolation for us. It showed people still had confidence in Sheila ji. We now need a leader like her who can take everyone along.”

No question of public spat with Sheila Dikshit: Former LG Vijai Kapoor

“I had burnt her effigy when there was mismanagement in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games, but even after that we met over breakfast and discussed politics, art and culture, which we both were fond of,” Vijay Goel said.

Delhi: RFID rolled out but some speed bumps on day 1

At several places, toll was being collected manually in RFID lanes; private vehicles were seen entering the RFID lane meant for commercial vehicles; and vehicles were seen trying to pass without paying the toll, leading to jams.

BJP MP gives list of ‘mosques built on govt land’ to L-G

Last month, Singh had written to the L-G, claiming that there has been “mushrooming of mosques” on government land in the capital, and a committee should be formed to stop this “menace”.

On day 3 BJP MPs visit temple, VHP leader says: Can turn Hauz Qazi, Ballimaran into Ayodhya

On the night of June 30, the area had seen a parking row escalate into a communal flare-up, leading to the vandalism of a temple.

Sapna Chaudhary on board but heartburn in some sections of Delhi BJP, RSS

The BJP’s membership drive was launched at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Sunday, during which Chaudhary joined the party in the presence of former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the party’s national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal.

Delhi: BJP kickstarts membership drive, singer Sapna Chaudhary joins party

Before the general elections, she was rumoured to have joined the Congress after UP party chief Raj Babbar tweeted a picture of her with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and welcomed her into the party.

South Delhi civic body concern: Chargesheeted officials in building department

Senior SDMC officials said the building department is considered a plum posting in the civic body as it opens up the possibility of corrupt officials extracting money from builders and those building houses without permits.

At Delhi BJP working committee meeting, leaders flag issues

According to senior leaders at the meeting, Delhi state unit president Manoj Tiwari expressed reservations regarding party leaders not keeping the state unit in the loop while holding programmes and events.