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Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

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I am open to probe, haven’t done anything wrong, says Sheila

Dikshit said she was not afraid of facing any investigation as she had not done anything wrong

Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday rejected the allegations against her in the alleged R-400 crore Delhi Jal Board (DJB) tanker scam as ‘politically motivated’.
Published on Jun 17, 2016 09:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bypoll result opens window of opportunity for Congress in Delhi

After its encouraging results in the municipal bypolls, the Congress plans to strengthen the organisation with an eye on the main civic polls scheduled for April 2017.

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken (extreme right) strikes a victorious pose with his party’s winners in the municipal bypoll on Tuesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on May 18, 2016 02:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MCD polls: AAP may be worried but results not a referendum, say experts

The AAP might have won nearly one-third of the seats in the bypolls but party leaders are worried as it has lost vote share.

Aam Aadmi Party workers light firecrackers to celebrate the party’s performance in the municipal bypolls on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2016 07:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cabbies want 5 years for conversion, tags for tourist vehicles

The transporters suggested the measures at a meeting with the Delhi government and the Environment Pollution Control Authority on Wednesday

Transporters and cab aggregators have demanded separate registration of all-India tourist permit taxis and at least five years to phase out their diesel-run vehicles(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 05, 2016 03:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySoumya Pillai and Vishal Kant, New Delhi

Modi is not the country, RSS is not Parliament, says Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra on Thursday and said merely paying tributes to BR Ambedkar at his birthplace would not bring about any change as the Centre has been violating principles enshrined in the Constitution at will.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inaugural ceremony of Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 15, 2016 12:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Slice of pie for every aadmi in AAP’s Delhi Budget

The Arvind Kejriwal government sought to fuse Delhi’s “smart city” ambitions with broader goals of creating opportunities for the underprivileged in a Rs 46,600-crore budget on Monday that made goods such as garments, shoes, school bags, sweets and namkeens cheaper.

Delhi finance minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia gave top billing in his 2016-17 budget to education, setting aside Rs 10,690 crore.(PTI Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2016 01:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Last year’s tax collection target not met but AAP may hike it again

The Arvind Kejriwal government is likely to scale up tax collection target for 2016-17, though it failed to achieve the budgetary goal of Rs 24,000 crore for the current financial year.

The Arvind Kejriwal government is likely to scale up tax collection target for 2016-17, though it failed to achieve the budgetary goal of Rs 24,000 crore for the current financial year.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2016 12:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

I pity people who think infrastructure is just flyovers: Sisodia

As the Delhi government completes one in year in office, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia talks to HT about his government’s hits, misses and plans.

As the Delhi government completes one in year in office, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia talks to HT about his government’s hits, misses and plans.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2016 10:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

1-year report card: A few false notes in an AAP-roarious medley

The catchy phrase summarised one year of the Arvind Kejriwal government that was sworn in on February 14 last year, a roller-coaster 12 months that have seen bitter political wrangling between the city government and the Centre, repeated public spats between the chief minister and the lieutenant governor and a bureaucracy hamstrung between the two.

The last 12 months have seen a bitter political wrangling between the AAP government and the Centre.(Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2016 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

As civic strike hits Delhi, Kejriwal govt slashes publicity funds

Officials said the budgetary proposal of Rs 521 crore for the department of information and publicity was cut to Rs 100 crore for the current fiscal.

File photo of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a rally in Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2016 12:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

This politics stinks: Why garbage is piling up in Delhi

Financial crunch and corruption are cited as the major reasons for the prevailing condition in municipal corporations but it is fast becoming evident that the political stakes of ruling parties precipitated the crisis even as the civic workers’ strike entered its ninth day on Thursday.

The MCD workers have boycotted work for the fourth time in the past one year.(Arun Sharma/HT photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2016 03:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MCD strike: Politics over funds rotting civic bodies, drying up coffers

Trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, inadequate fund allocation, delays in disbursal, a lack of administrative reforms and corruption are cited as other reasons for the rot in the civic bodies, that is leading to the strike.

MCD workers burning effigies during a protest over their demands at Civil Lines in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2016 08:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Dissolve MCDs and hold fresh elections: Kejriwal

Politics over garbage is gaining momentum in the Capital, with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding the dissolution of the BJP-ruled municipal corporations and fresh elections to the civic bodies.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded the dissolution of the BJP-ruled municipal corporations .(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2016 08:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kejriwal accuses CBI of raiding his office, calls PM Modi ‘coward’

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a psychopath and coward after the CBI raided his office on Tuesday, triggering a torrent of criticism from BJP leaders in what may be the next flashpoint between the Centre and city government.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (R) on Tuesday accused PM Narendra Modi of using the CBI to harass him. Kejriwal alleged there is vendetta against him.(PTI photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2015 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhishek Saran and Vishal Kant, New Delhi

AAP govt probes mystery of missing words in Constitution day ad

Delhi government apologised on Thursday after its advertisements published in major newspapers to commemorate Constitution Day quoted an earlier version of the Preamble that omitted the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’, triggering a controversy.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 26, 2015 12:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kejriwal govt forms panel to ‘protect’ officials from L-G

The Delhi government alleged on Friday the lieutenant governor was “threatening” officers who didn’t obstruct the city administration and set up a special group-of-ministers to shield bureaucrats from what the Aam Aadmi Party regime called “political victimisation” by Najeeb Jung.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2015 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi assembly may go paperless by budget session

In an effort to go hi-tech for operational efficiency apart from contributing to environmental conservation, the Delhi Assembly is aiming to go paperless by the next budget session.

The technology to go paperless would cost `15 crore over a period of three years.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2015 11:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Centre sends VAT chief Vijay Kumar to Lakshadweep

Ignoring chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s request not to transfer senior IAS officers serving in the Delhi government, the Union Home ministry on Monday ordered VAT (value-added tax) commissioner Vijay Kumar to take charge of his new assignment as the administrator of Lakshadweep.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung are locked in a tussle over the appointment and transfer of bureaucrats.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2015 11:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kejriwal’s radio ad blames ‘poisonous’ netas for communal riots

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal waded into the debate over the lynching of a man in Bisada over rumours that he slaughtered a cow, hitting out at “poisonous” politicians for instigating riots.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2015 02:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi MLAs may become the highest paid, panel seeks fat raise

An experts panel looking into legislators’ salaries on Tuesday recommended a Delhi MLA’s monthly package be more than doubled to Rs 210,000 from Rs 88,000, which could make them the highest paid legislators in the country.

A committee set up by Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has suggested raising the basic salary of legislators from the current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2015 09:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Coming soon to Delhi’s CP: Car-free zone, night shopping

Now, two years after its crumbling facades got a much-needed revamp, Connaught Place is set to come alive at night as authorities plan to allow shops and restaurants in its inner circle to remain open till late hours while also making the area vehicle-free.

The NDMC has accepted Delhi tourism ministry’s proposals to promote night life in Connaught Place.(Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2015 08:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Drug menace, hooliganism to be AAP’s poll planks in Punjab

‘Bijli-Paani’ did it for them in Delhi. And now the Aam Aadmi Party has zeroed in on ‘drug abuse’ and ‘goondagardi’ (hooliganism) as the two key issues to ‘connect’ with the electorate and trump the traditional political parties in Punjab.

Updated on Sep 09, 2015 12:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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