Gulam Jeelani

Gulam Jeelani

Gulam Jeelani writes on politics, national affairs and socio-economic issues for Hindustan Times. A journalist for seven years, he worked in Lucknow and Srinagar, before moving to New Delhi.

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With a committed group of 400 donors who contribute regularly, AAP receives donations through online and cheque daily.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
With a committed group of 400 donors who contribute regularly, AAP receives donations through online and cheque daily.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

AAP donations hit a new low, Rs 2,500 collected on Tuesday

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2018 12:30 PM IST
As against Rs 1 lakh — the average amount the party received from donors daily till some time ago — the AAP received only Rs 2,500 from eight donors till 4pm on Tuesday or 2.5% of Rs 1 lakh, a party leader said. On Monday, he said, 25 people had donated Rs 25,000.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and senior party leader Ashutosh step out of the Delhi Police headquarters after the meeting Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Monday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and senior party leader Ashutosh step out of the Delhi Police headquarters after the meeting Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Monday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Two suspects identified in AAP minister ‘attack’ video: Delhi Police

Hindustan Times | By Karn Pratap Singh and Gulam Jeelani
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2018 11:49 PM IST
The police refused to disclose their identities saying the probe was still in progress.
The Delhi Development Authority has proposed to increase the total usable area of buildings, called the floor area ratio, in local shopping complexes provided no pub or bar operates from the commercial spaces.(HT File Photo)
The Delhi Development Authority has proposed to increase the total usable area of buildings, called the floor area ratio, in local shopping complexes provided no pub or bar operates from the commercial spaces.(HT File Photo)

DDA proposes higher floor area ratio if market has no pubs

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Parvez Sultan
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2018 08:35 AM IST
At present, DDA allows a floor area ratio of 180, which means only three floors can be used for commercial purposes. The authority has proposed to increase the ratio to an uniform 300 that would allow commercial use upto four floors.
For Rakesh Mehta, who was chief secretary of Delhi for three-and-half years between 2007 and 2011, Arvind Kejriwal government has not been able to take the bureaucracy in confidence for some ‘strange’ reasons(Hindustan Times)
For Rakesh Mehta, who was chief secretary of Delhi for three-and-half years between 2007 and 2011, Arvind Kejriwal government has not been able to take the bureaucracy in confidence for some ‘strange’ reasons(Hindustan Times)

Former chief secys say CM Kejriwal can’t always wear political hat

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 12:19 AM IST
For Rakesh Mehta, who was chief secretary of Delhi for three-and-half years between 2007 and 2011, Arvind Kejriwal government has not been able to take the bureaucracy in confidence for some ‘strange’ reasons
Arvinder Singh Lovely at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Arvinder Singh Lovely at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Lovely’s return a boost for Congress ahead of likely by-elections

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2018 11:14 PM IST
His ‘homecoming’ is expected to give a boost to the Congress ahead of a likely mini-election to 20 seats vacated due to the disqualification of ruling AAP lawmakers.
Every Saturday afternoon, a group of doctors, scientists and engineers of Delhi put their stethoscopes and lab coats aside to take up brooms, shovels and pickaxes to clean the Yamuna.(HT Photo)
Every Saturday afternoon, a group of doctors, scientists and engineers of Delhi put their stethoscopes and lab coats aside to take up brooms, shovels and pickaxes to clean the Yamuna.(HT Photo)

Saving Yamuna: Doctors, scientists who turn trash collectors every Saturday

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Every Saturday afternoon, a group of doctors, scientists and engineers of Delhi put their stethoscopes and lab coats aside to take up brooms, shovels and pickaxes. They then go to the Yamuna and get down and dirty to clean the litter lying along its banks. This initiative, they say, will not make the water of the river, bearing the burden of Delhi’s sewage, drinkable. The idea, instead, is to send a message about the need for conserving Delhi’s lifeline.
Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ with Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Photo: Sourced)
Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ with Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Photo: Sourced)

Arvinder Singh Lovely returns to Congress, says he was misfit in BJP

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ had left the Congress and joined BJP in May 2017. He rejoined the Congress on Saturday after a meeting with party president Rahul Gandhi.
A Chaar Bait performance by Bazm-e- Ehsaan from Bachhraun, UP, during the Urdu Heritage festival — Jashn e- Virasat-e-Urdu — organised by Department of Art Culture and Languages, Delhi government in Central Park, Connaught Place.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
A Chaar Bait performance by Bazm-e- Ehsaan from Bachhraun, UP, during the Urdu Heritage festival — Jashn e- Virasat-e-Urdu — organised by Department of Art Culture and Languages, Delhi government in Central Park, Connaught Place.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Urdu Heritage fest: Qawwali regales audience in Connaught Place’s Central Park

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:16 PM IST
The six-day Urdu Heritage Festival that began on Thursday has been drawing huge crowds, officials said. The festival has been held in Delhi since 2010, many people did not know about it because it was usually held at the Red Fort lawns.
Residential area at Lado Sarai in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Residential area at Lado Sarai in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

How Delhi’s urban villages turned into ‘no plan land’

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:12 AM IST
Successive plans excluded Delhi’s urban villages from civic control and virtually turned them into islands. Haphazard construction and unchecked commercialisation only added to the civic mess in these 135 localities spread across Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers had gathered at the NDMC auditorium on Jai Singh Road for an outreach session by taking questions and feedback through phone calls, social media and email.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers had gathered at the NDMC auditorium on Jai Singh Road for an outreach session by taking questions and feedback through phone calls, social media and email.

AAP govt’s three years: A date with Delhi on Valentine’s Day

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2018 11:53 PM IST
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers had gathered at the NDMC auditorium on Jai Singh Road for an outreach session by taking questions and feedback through phone calls, social media and email.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, AAP failed to win a single seat but got a thumping majority a few months later in the assembly polls.(Hindustan Times)
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, AAP failed to win a single seat but got a thumping majority a few months later in the assembly polls.(Hindustan Times)

3 years of AAP govt: Bypolls on 20 seats to test Kejriwal’s popularity in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2018 11:40 AM IST
The EC had disqualified 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit. After the legislators approached the Delhi High Court, it restrained the poll panel from announcing bypolls till the matter is pending with the court.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia arrive to attend the three years of AAP government function at the NDMC convention centre in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia arrive to attend the three years of AAP government function at the NDMC convention centre in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

3 years of AAP govt highlights: Delhiites question CM Kejriwal over women’s safety, odd-even

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami, Ashish Mishra and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2018 10:46 PM IST
As Aam Aadmi Party completes three years, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other cabinet ministers highlighted their government’s achievements and answered questions from the public.
Today, there are 1,650 unauthorised colonies with about 50 lakh residents who have been asking successive governments to regularise their colonies so that they can get some bare minimum civic amenities.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Today, there are 1,650 unauthorised colonies with about 50 lakh residents who have been asking successive governments to regularise their colonies so that they can get some bare minimum civic amenities.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Master Plans fail to crack slum resettlement puzzle

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:10 AM IST
Delhi’s planners are yet to find a workable formula for slum redevelopment and regularisation of colonies. While the city is bursting at the seams with increasing population, successive plans have failed to resolve problems of its existing habitants.
Old Delhi is one of the areas most severely hit by the apparent gap in the planning and implementation of Delhi’s master plans. After decades of attempts, markets continue functioning from the same locations that other plans have tried to stop, leaving the area in a dilapidated condition.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Old Delhi is one of the areas most severely hit by the apparent gap in the planning and implementation of Delhi’s master plans. After decades of attempts, markets continue functioning from the same locations that other plans have tried to stop, leaving the area in a dilapidated condition.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Multiple agencies hamper implementation of Master Plan rules

Hindustan Times | By Parvez Sultan/ Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2018 03:59 PM IST
In a five-part series starting tomorrow, HT will look into specific problems hampering the progress of Delhi’s master plans and analyse issues responsible for their failure
A municipal official sealing a property at East Patel Nagar in New Delhi February 1.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A municipal official sealing a property at East Patel Nagar in New Delhi February 1.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

At public hearing, DDA’s ‘rush’ to amend Master Plan rules questioned

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2018 03:48 PM IST
The DDA had on February 2 proposed three amendments to the master plan — a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns.
The DDA on Friday approved three proposals — uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns — to amend Master Plan 2021(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The DDA on Friday approved three proposals — uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns — to amend Master Plan 2021(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Sealing solutions: Urban planners not thrilled over DDA tweaking norms

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2018 12:26 AM IST
The DDA on Friday approved three proposals — uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns — to amend Master Plan 2021
The Rajouri Garden branch of Punjab National Bank is one of the many banks whose lockers, located in the basement, were sealed by the civic bodies as part of the ongoing sealing drive against misuse of residential premises for commercial purposes.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Rajouri Garden branch of Punjab National Bank is one of the many banks whose lockers, located in the basement, were sealed by the civic bodies as part of the ongoing sealing drive against misuse of residential premises for commercial purposes.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Lockers locked down: How Delhi sealing dealt a body blow to a wedding

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2018 12:20 AM IST
The Rajouri Garden branch of Punjab National Bank is one of the many banks whose lockers, located in the basement, were sealed by the civic bodies as part of the ongoing sealing drive against misuse of residential premises for commercial purposes.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the state’s share in central taxes had remained stagnant since Rs 325 crore since 2001.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the state’s share in central taxes had remained stagnant since Rs 325 crore since 2001.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Budget 2018: BJP-led Centre doesn’t care for Delhi, says Sisodia

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2018 12:01 AM IST
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the state’s share in central taxes had remained stagnant since Rs 325 crore since 2001.
AAP leaders holding a protest march at Patel Chowk on Monday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
AAP leaders holding a protest march at Patel Chowk on Monday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi sealing drive: AAP holds protest, says leaders thrashed, detained

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 10:30 PM IST
AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that protesting party leaders — including Ashutosh, Richa Pandey, Dilip Pandey — were thrashed and detained by the Delhi Police.
Girls reading Quran at the dargah of 14th century Sufi saint, Khwaja Nasiruddin Mehmood Chirag Dehlavi, at Chirag Delhi in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Girls reading Quran at the dargah of 14th century Sufi saint, Khwaja Nasiruddin Mehmood Chirag Dehlavi, at Chirag Delhi in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Chirag Delhi’s Sufi dargah caught in political slugfest over alleged Waqf corruption

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 10:00 AM IST
AAP lawmakers in their recent report in Delhi assembly, alleged sale of a portion of dargah to a property dealer by the dargah caretakers in connivance with board officials. BJP cried foul
People at India Gate in New Delhi on Friday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
People at India Gate in New Delhi on Friday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Culture, military might galore at Republic Day parade

HIndustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 11:38 PM IST
In all, 23 tableaux, including those representing 13 states and one Union Territory, showcasing the historical, art and cultural heritage of the country, were displayed on the Rajpath
Last year, the AAP government highlighted its strides in the field of education in its Republic Day tableau. In 2017, Delhi was participating in the parade after three years.(PTI)
Last year, the AAP government highlighted its strides in the field of education in its Republic Day tableau. In 2017, Delhi was participating in the parade after three years.(PTI)

Delay denies Delhi chance to send tableau to R-Day parade

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2018 11:58 PM IST
Last year, the AAP government highlighted its strides in the field of education in its Republic Day tableau. In 2017, Delhi was participating in the parade after three years.
Hindustan Times asked people in different parts of central Delhi if they knew what a republic was and understood the significance of the celebrations.
Hindustan Times asked people in different parts of central Delhi if they knew what a republic was and understood the significance of the celebrations.

Holiday, parade and even a song: Here’s how India defines Republic Day

Hindustan Times | By A Mariyam Alavi and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times asked people in different parts of central Delhi if they knew what a republic was and understood the significance of the celebrations. Here’s what they had to say
AAP supporters protest against sealing on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
AAP supporters protest against sealing on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

AAP, BJP, Cong unite under ‘politics of sealing’

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2018 11:39 PM IST
No party wants to alienate the trading community, which forms a major vote bank in the city, at a time when Delhi is staring at bypolls after disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during an event in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during an event in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

After disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs, Kejriwal tells Delhi residents to ‘vote wisely’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2018 03:03 PM IST
Delhi is staring at another round of bypolls in six months after 20 AAP legislators were disqualified for holding office of profit. The seats that fall vacant include Dwarka, Chandni Chowk, Najafgarh, Jangpura, Rajender Nagar, Janakpuri
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s party still has enough MLAs to run the government, but it might be more vulnerable now with fewer seats.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s party still has enough MLAs to run the government, but it might be more vulnerable now with fewer seats.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Office of profit row: 20 Delhi MLAs disqualified, AAP says will take legal course

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani and Moushumi Das Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2018 11:45 PM IST
The elections in these 20 assembly seats will have to be held within six months.
Prashant Patel Umrao, the 31-year-old lawyer who filed the office of profit petition. (Photo: Sourced)
Prashant Patel Umrao, the 31-year-old lawyer who filed the office of profit petition. (Photo: Sourced)

AAP office-of-profit case: Meet the lawyer who filed the petition

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2018 10:42 AM IST
Prashant Patel Umrao, the lawyer who filed the office of profit petition against the Aam Aadmi Party, had previously filed an FIR against actor Aamir Khan and director Rajkumar Hirani for allegedly portraying gods in poor light in the film PK.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives for a special session of the Delhi assembly.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives for a special session of the Delhi assembly.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)

Another day, another row hits Kejriwal’s AAP as EC seeks ouster of 20 MLAs

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2018 04:03 PM IST
From internal rifts, to friction with the (L-G) and expulsion of party’s veteran leaders to corruption charges against its ministers, the AAP has constantly been embroiled in crisis since its inception in 2012.
Sealing drive in Khan Market. In December 2016, the Supreme Court revived its monitoring committee to seal illegal commercial establishments in Delhi.(HT Photo)
Sealing drive in Khan Market. In December 2016, the Supreme Court revived its monitoring committee to seal illegal commercial establishments in Delhi.(HT Photo)

Sealing continues in Delhi: GK-1, Hauz Khas Village under scanner after Def Col, Khan Market

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2018 11:48 AM IST
Several Delhi markets are facing action for violations of civic and building bylaws. Traders, however allege that authorities have failed to come up with lasting solutions for their changing needs
Officials said at least 6,000 allottees of DDA’s ambitious 2017 housing scheme have surrendered their houses within 45 days of the draw of lot held on November 30 last year.(HT FILE)
Officials said at least 6,000 allottees of DDA’s ambitious 2017 housing scheme have surrendered their houses within 45 days of the draw of lot held on November 30 last year.(HT FILE)

DDA finds no takers for 6,000 flats, offers them to paramilitary forces

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2018 11:05 AM IST
The agency has written to CISF, BSF, SSB, CRPF to take the flats rejected in previous two schemes. Allottees had rejected these flats due to lack of amenities and small size.
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