Najeeb Jung resigns as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Kejriwal surprised

He thanked the Hon’ble Prime Minister for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure as the Lt. Governor of Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2016 10:20 pm
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In a surprise move, Najeeb Jung on Thursday resigned as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. He submitted his resignation to the government of India. According to Raj Bhawan, Jung would be returning to his first love, which is, academics.

In a brief statement, Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure. He also thanked the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year’s President Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.

He was also thankful to Chief Minister Kejriwal, with whom he always had dispute over administrative jurisdiction, for his association in the last two years.

The AAP also questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, despite the “sweet bitter” experience, the AAP government and Jung did a good job in Delhi.

“Good wishes to Najeeb Jung for his future endeavour. God should give some good sense to them who controlled him. Will the war continue even after Jung’s (exit)?” Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said.

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.

After Jung’s resignation, the Ministry of Home Affairs held a discussion whether to give him additional charges or appoint a new one.

The tenure of Jung as the Lieutenant Governor saw Delhi’s complex administrative structure stretched to the limit with unprecedented rancour marking his relationship with the elected Aam Aadmi Party government.

The Arvind Kejriwal dispensation, having won a brute majority in the February 2015 election, repeatedly accused Jung of “stalling” governance and acting at the BJP government’s behest and as the “agent” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

But, Jung steadfastly maintained that he was merely following the constitutional provisions in letter and spirit and asserted at one point that “in respect to the NCT (national capital territory) of Delhi, the government means the Lieutenant Governor of the NCT of Delhi”.


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  1. A
    Dec 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm
    It is a shame on part of MODIlt;br/gt;At last Mr JUng answered his consciouslt;br/gt;And he finally resigned, lt;br/gt;It is a hard slap on Midi and BJP WHO misused MR JUng against the most able chief minister Mr Kejriwal
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      D P
      Dec 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm
      Kejri really worried. His strong excuse for non performance gone. Strategy for Punjab gone. O Jango, etc tu?
      1. R
        Dec 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm
        Looks like bhakts need a serious dose of burnol
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          Hindustan Hamara
          Dec 22, 2016 at 11:22 am
          Uper se pressure Bahut tha, kitna ghalat kam kare dil ko gawara nhi, isliye resign kar diya. Don't partner in crime, MCD employee Khan ki atma bhi to pukar rahe.
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            IML sood
            Dec 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm
            The stupid Aaptards are not aware that Jung was mild and soft, now the next LG will give them such a bamboo in their back that will teach them how to work and treat Coniuonal authority in Delhi . Rest ure no one will allow them to work against the rule and procedure. Delhi is not the Jagir of anarcists Aaptards.
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