In a surprise move, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, who has been in constant tussle with the Aam Aadmi Party government, has resigned from the post on Thursday. He submitted his resignation to the central government. According to Raj Bhawan, Jung would be returning to his “first love”, academics.
Jung’s two years in office were marked with his constant battle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had observed that “an elected government should have some power to run, otherwise the government cannot function.”
Though his announcement has come as a surprise for many, sources close to Jung claimed he had been thinking of quitting for some months.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to express his “surprise”.
In a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan immediately after the resignation, Jung thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure as the Lt. Governor of Delhi.
Her also thanked the people of Delhi for all their “support and affection” and their help to run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly, especially during the one year’s President Rule in Delhi.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal for his association in the last two years.
Responding to the development, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia expressed his wishes to the outgoing Lt. Governor, despite the “bitter sweet experience.”
A former IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre and a former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, Jung gave no reason for his sudden decision to step down. He was appointed as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in July 2013.