Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung resigned on Thursday in a surprise move. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, who had assumed charge of the L-G of Delhi on July 9, 2013 after being vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, submitted his resignation to the Centre without citing reasons, according to Jung’s office.
“Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has submitted his resignation to the Government of India. He thanks the Prime Minister for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure,” the LG’s office said in a statement.
“Jung also thanked the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year of President’s Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly,” the statement said.
Jung also thanked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his association in the last two years.
“Jung would be returning back to his first love, which is, academics,” said his office.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the L-G’s resignation as a surprise even as the AAP took a jibe at the LG, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Narendra Modi dispensation, reported PTI.
Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed Jung’s tenure “disgraceful”. “Modi Government promotes its people. We hope, he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next L-G gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” Vishwas said.