New Delhi, December 22
In a surprise move, Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has submitted his resignation to the government of India.
Without citing reasons, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Centre. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.
According to a press release by the Raj Niwas, Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure.
He also thanked the people for all their love and affection, especially during the one-year President’s rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped the administration in Delhi run smoothly and effortlessly.
Jung also thanked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his association in the last two years.
Najeeb Jung has been engaged in a bitter tussle with the Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government.
The AAP government has also accused Jung of working against the interests of the Delhi government at the behest of the Centre.
AAP government has accused Najeeb Jung of stalling ambitious projects, including setting up of mohalla clinics across the city.
On August 4 this year, the Delhi High Court had stamped the primacy of the Lt Governor in the city administration. Kejriwal had challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court.
On December 14, the apex court had observed that the Delhi government should have some powers for it to function properly. It had also listed for final disposal, the appeal of the AAP government against the August 4 Delhi high court verdict.
“Jung would be returning back to his first love, which is, academics,” said his office.