Since reports surfaced in the afternoon of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung resignation, everybody is trying to find out: Why did he resign of a sudden? For many the development has come as a bolt from the blue.
Many reporters the portal spoke to are unable to figure out what really was trigger of Jung’s resignation as he was seen to be in the running for the Vice President of India, with the new incumbent to be selected mid 2017.
Moreover, his sudden and dramatic resignation has left his critics and followers stumped. They are unable to figure out what really happened in the last three days that soured his bonhomie with the Central Government as a few days ago as he wrote to the Union Home Ministry for a leave. An undated letter is also doing the rounds.
Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said: “Even then (yesterday) he was upset with the AAP government stalling work. But we did not foresee this. He told us that he was going a week-long leave. Delhi needed him.”
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said Jung has a meeting scheduled with him tomorrow.
“The L-G met me day before yesterday but he did not give any indication of submitting his resignation. Another meeting of mine with the L-G is scheduled for Friday (tomorrow)… I have come to know about his resignation only through media,” Mehrishi said.
Without citing reasons for his resignation, 65-year-old Jung, who had taken charge in July 2013, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “association”.
In the statement, his office also said: “Jung also thanks 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.”
“His decision to quit was not at all related to his relationship with the AAP government. It was purely a personal decision which he was mulling over for quite some time,” said sources as quoted by PTI.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.”
The Congress has sought explanation from BJP why Jung was “unceremoniously removed and whether it was done to bring someone to the top administrative post who is ideologically close to the RSS.”
A 1973-batch IAS officer, before becoming 19th Lt Governor of Delhi, five months before the Delhi Assembly elections during the Congress regime headed by then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, he was vice chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia.
There are hints that he might join academics.
Jung was born on January 18, 1951 in Old Delhi. He has done his post graduation in History from Delhi University and later did MA in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, UK. Before coming to Jamia and grabbing limelight for able administrative skills, Jung worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of Oxford University on Energy related issues.