In a sudden move, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has resigned. Jung’s office said that he has submitted his resignation to the Centre.
“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 would be returning back to his first love, which is, academics,” his office said.
“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.
65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.
Jung’s resignation comes amid a protracted bitter confrontation with the AAP government. The Aam Aadmi government in the past has accused Jung of being an agent of the Centre who works for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejiwal tweeted his reaction to the news.
Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 22, 2016
(With inputs from agencies)