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

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.

AAP laughing stock… Delhi needs serious leadership: J P Nadda

"...Now, even people of Delhi are saddened with them... the (BJP) party workers will have to work hard and I am confident we will succeed in Delhi,” he added.

Move to tackle excess traffic: Visiting seven waste wonders in Delhi will cost twice as much on Sunday

According to an official, the civic body wants to shift the Sunday rush to other days. While the park sees a footfall of 8,000 on weekdays, this nearly doubles on Sundays to 15,000 visitors.

Many leaders missing from Delhi BJP meet, upset Manoj Tiwari seeks a report

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari expressed displeasure that several office-bearers did not turn up for a two-day executive committee meeting, which began Friday, to discuss Assembly poll planning. The meeting was to be attended by all seven MPs, district presidents, district in-charges and office-bearers. MPs Gautam Gambhir, Hans Raj Hans and Meenakshi Lekhi were present. […]

Season’s first diphtheria death in Delhi, doctors sound alert

Diphtheria is an infectious bacterial disease that affects the throat and upper airways, and produces a toxin that affects the other organs. As per the World Health Organisation, the disease can be fatal in 5-10% of the cases.

Manoj Tiwari eyes Delhi’s minority areas for ‘slum stay’ plan

A senior party leader said that while the exact location of Manoj Tiwari’s visits to minority-dominated areas is not clear, he is expected to visit Okhla, Seelampur, Matiamahal, Ballimaran and Chandni Chowk within the next month.

Delhi: CP to experiment with reducing cars on Sunday, Monday

The NDMC has tweaked its earlier plan, which was to make the inner circle completely car-free, to focus on pedestrianising the blocks but giving access to all parking lots in the inner and outer circles to car users, a senior official said.

Delhi: Sealing heat on Amar Colony, Ministry, SC panel at odds

The sealing scare hit Amar Colony, the third time in a little over a year, as 250 properties got notices over unauthorised construction and for using residential areas for commercial activity.

How housing scheme rumour, fake form put ministry, DDA in a tizzy

According to an Urban Development Ministry official, the rumour was spread in an “organised manner”, thereby prompting the officials to paste a circular outside the office.

Fire safety: South body yet to act against coaching centres in Delhi

Fire department chief Vipin Kental, however, said they have already audited coaching centres functioning from high rise buildings and issued notices to 23 for safety violations.

Stop menace of mosques coming up on public land: West Delhi BJP MP to L-G

Singh requested the L-G to constitute a committee comprising officers from MCDs, PWD, Police, Irrigation and Flood Control, and Horticulture departments, headed by district magistrates, to conduct a survey of areas where mosques have come up on government land, roads and secluded places.

DDA worry: Smaller flats in new scheme might not find takers

While the authority has received 45,000 applicants for 18,000 flats across four categories, the majority are for the higher income group (HIG) and middle income group (MIG) homes.

Meanwhile, BJP readies campaign bus, slogan in Delhi

“There is a staircase inside that reaches the roof of the bus, which is designed like a stage. Party leaders will give speeches, which will also be shown on the LED screen fitted in front,” said a leader.

After Karol Bagh, two more markets to be decongested

North MCD Commissioner Varsha Joshi told The Indian Express that they are in talks with Kamla Nagar market associations and a detailed drawing is in the works. A similar plan will be chalked out for Sadar Bazar too, she said.