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Monday, May 23, 2022

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‘Mild-mannered, level-headed’: Anil Baijal may have been the L-G AAP could live with
Thu, May 19, 2022

An AAP-government official who did not want to be named said: “Who the Centre appoints in these positions is very important. While they had their run-ins, Anil Baijal was largely a non-confrontational and professional officer and worked well with the Delhi government."

L-G Anil Baijal vs Delhi govt: How the stand-off played out over the years
Thu, May 19, 2022

The first big difference of opinion between Baijal and the government was seen over the doorstep delivery of services.

No fire NOC, MCD nod, one exit for all, owners escaped from top floor
Sun, May 15, 2022

“The building didn't have a fire NOC (no objection certificate) and clearance from the MCD. It seems the entire building was illegal,” Delhi Fire Services Chief, Atul Garg said.

Newsmaker | The MLA vs the bulldozer: Brick by brick, the rise of AAP leader Amanatullah Khan
Sat, May 14, 2022

A two-time MLA, the 48-year-old who lives in Joga Bai Extension in Jamia Nagar has such hold over the seat that he won it in the 2020 Assembly elections by 71,000 votes.

In Tajinder Bagga episode, signs that AAP could be slipping into old, combative ways
Tue, May 10, 2022

Sources in the AAP admit the Tajinder Bagga episode has cast the AAP in a mould that it had worked hard to emerge out of.

Half of BSES consumers in Delhi got no power bill since 2019: Data
Fri, May 06, 2022

According to consumer and consumption data of BSES, in February this year, 38.62 lakh domestic consumers in the city in South, West, East and Central Delhi were being provided power by the discom. These figures are based on an average per month.

Schools vs riots: How AAP has tweaked patriotism to fit its education course
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Over the past few months, as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal travels the country, from Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to Karnataka, to expand the Aam Aadmi Party, one common message is the Delhi government’s “success” in transforming schools in the Capital.

Kapil Mishra on the move, amidst MP fire, BJP keeps him at hand but at arm’s distance
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

In his speech in Bhikangaon, Kapil Mishra referred to Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, who was killed in Kashmir in 2016, saying, “Jiss ghar se Burhan niklega, uss ghar mein ghus kar maarenge (We will enter the homes where Burhans are born, and beat them up).”

As AAP gears up to make inroads in Himachal, BJP draws first blood in pre-emptive strike
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

At 12.51 am Saturday, Union minister Anurag Thakur tweeted that the HP AAP’s chief Anoop Kesari, general secretary Satish Thakur and Una head Iqbal Singh has joined the BJP fold in the presence of its president JP Nadda

Give us a chance: Kejriwal, Mann at Himachal roadshow after Punjab win
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

Kejriwal’s political pitch on Wednesday was similar to that in Punjab – give us one chance.

Ridership is now 73% of pre-Covid figures, says outgoing Delhi Metro MD
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

"We are very hopeful that once schools and colleges are also opened fully, ridership will touch 80% plus. The remaining 15% will probably take time to come back to pre-Covid levels as some sections are still working from home."

Mann announces doorstep ration delivery, Kejriwal says all states will soon want it
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

The AAP chief and Delhi CM said the Centre tried to stop the scheme in the national capital, but “you cannot stop an idea whose time has come. They did not let us do it in Delhi, we will do it in Punjab”.

Punjab govt announces doorstep ration delivery
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Mann said the ration, being supplied to BPL families under the atta-dal scheme, will now reach their doorstep. He, however, added that the scheme will be optional for the eligible beneficiaries.

Our focus is on strengthening demand so jobs are created by default, says Manish Sisodia
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

A day after the Delhi government’s ‘Rozgaar Budget’, with a focus on providing jobs to 20 lakh people in the next five years, The Indian Express speaks to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the implementation, the boarding school for homeless children, delay in MCD polls, and The Kashmir Files issue.

MCDs in spotlight, NDMC basks in glow of Centre seat, Lutyens’ Delhi
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Given Delhi’s unique character as a Union Territory as well as the national capital, the state government has limited powers, as the Centre calls the shots in most of its affairs with even civic bodies coming under it.

Explained: What Centre wants to change in Delhi civic body
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday to merge the three municipal corporations of the national capital into a single entity. What does the Bill propose? What will the Delhi government lose?

New Bill puts Centre at centre of MCD, signals delayed polls
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

The Bill, which was passed by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, states that in at least 11 sections of The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, the words “Central Government” shall replace “Government”, wherever it occurs.

Arvind Kejriwal takes aim at PM Modi: ‘Claims of 56-inch seena false’
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Kejriwal alleged that the BJP-run Centre had pressured the State Election Commission (SEC) to postpone MCD elections because it was scared of going up against a “small party (AAP)”.

Raghav Chadha’s decade in politics: From volunteer at anti-corruption movement to youngest Rajya Sabha member
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Now on track to becoming the youngest sitting member of Rajya Sabha, Chadha’s role will change. In keeping with the AAP’s national ambition, he is set to be among the eight representatives of the party in the Upper House.

AAP’s five picks for Rajya Sabha include Harbhajan, Raghav Chadha, LPU founder Ashok Mittal
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

CM Bhagwant Mann accompanied the party nominees to the Vidhan Sabha secretariat to file their nominations on Monday. The AAP got the chance to nominate five members to the Upper House after winning 92 seats in the Punjab Assembly polls.

AAP may pick Harbhajan, Chadha, IIT-Delhi prof for RS from Punjab
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

The Election Commission announced earlier that elections to five out of the seven Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab will be held on March 31. The last day for filing nominations is March 21.

Day 1 of Punjab CM Bhagwant: ‘Record officials who seek bribe’
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

Mann's announcement came on a day when 112 of Punjab’s 117 newly elected MLAs were sworn in by pro tem Speaker Inderbir Singh Nijjer on the first day of a three-day Assembly session. The helpline, he said, will be launched on March 23, which marks the death anniversary of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.

Next on AAP’s radar: Gujarat and Himachal
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

In Gujarat, where elections are expected this year-end, the party is already on campaign mode as it seeks to capitalise on its moment in history by filling the space vacated by a diminishing Congress.

Announcement of Delhi MCD poll dates deferred, ‘Centre working to unify the 3 civic bodies’
Wed, Mar 09, 2022

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that this was being done "at the behest of the Centre."

Month to go for MCD polls, AAP liquor policy hiccups lift BJP spirits
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

Four months since the implementation of the policy, AAP has had to make an amendment, essentially banning liquor vendors from offering discounts, landing it in a court case. The government defended its move saying vends were getting overcrowded by customers, leading to law and order issues.