Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday reached Prime Minister Office (PMO) after he tendered his resignation on Thursday, reports news agency ANI. Jung’s resignation on Thursday came as a surprise for many as nobody reportedly had the indication of him contemplating the decision. Jung said that he had wanted to quit earlier but was asked by the PM to continue.
Jung reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at South Block here around 11.30 am and spent a little over an hour inside. Sources said it was a courtesy meeting. On Thursday, in his brief resignation statement, Jung had thanked Modi for his help and cooperation.
Rejecting speculation that he quit as pressure was mounting on him, Jung was quoted as saying by NDTV that there is no politics behind his decision and that he wanted to quit earlier as well.
“I had offered to resign as I had been appointed by the previous UPA government, but the PM asked me to carry on. After three years, I requested the PM to relieve me but he asked me to carry on,” he said.
“After three and a half years, I requested the PM again on Tuesday that I would like to resign on personal grounds,” Jung was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also met on Friday for breakfast at Raj Niwas in New Delhi. Jung and Kejriwal have had a strained relationship as both of them clashed on several occasions over functioning of the government.
However, sources close to Jung said that Jung’s resignation was not a result of this acrimony between both the parties. Kejriwal, when asked about he same, also said that the former LG had quit from his position because of ‘personal reasons’.