A day after Najeeb Jung resigned as Delhi’s Lt Governor, he is said to have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at PMO in Delhi.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Jung at the Lt Governor’s residence Raj Niwas in Delhi.
Kejriwal reached the LG’s official residence around 8 AM and the breakfast meeting lasted for nearly an hour.
When asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.”
On Thursday evening, Jung’s office had announced that the Lt Governor had sent his resignation to the Centre. However, they did not give any reason why he had quit.
“Jung would be returning back to his first love, which is, academics,” is all Jung’s office had said.
Jung’s decision to resign came as a surprise to many.
“Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” Kejriwal had tweeted.
Sources close to Kejriwal said that Jung’s resignation had nothing to do with his confrontational relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction. Sources also revealed that he was contemplating to quit for last few months.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over Jung’s resignation.
“I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation…Now since he has resigned, they are questioning why he has resigned. Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?,” Rijiju said.
The Aam Aadmi government in the past had accused Jung of being an agent of the Centre who worked for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
With Jung’s exit AAP questioned if the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG.
The Congress too raised questions over Jung’s sudden resignation. Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken had demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye.
(With inputs from PTI)