Najeeb Jung meets PM, Govt looks at options for successor
The names of Anil Baijal and KJ Alphonse Kannanthanam have already emerged as the potential candidates for the post of Delhi Lt. Governor
A day after resigning as the Delhi’s Lt. Governor, Najeeb Jung on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the central government is reportedly mulling over a number of options to find his successor.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have already discussed names last night and likely to announce his successor today.
The names of Anil Baijal and KJ Alphonse Kannanthanam have already emerged as the potential candidates for the post of Delhi Lt. Governor.
Anil Baijal was Home Secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government, while KJ Alphons Kannanthanam is retired IAS officer, whose appointment as Chandigarh's administrator was earlier scrapped amid controversy.
Mr Jung, 66, resigned on Thursday from his post with 18 months left in his tenure, saying he wants to return to his first love, academics.
Meanwhile, Najeeb Jung said he had asked to quit twice before, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged him to carry on, NDTV reported.
“Lieutenant-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,” a statement released by his office said on Friday.
The 66-year-old said he insisted he wanted to quit on personal grounds. He also clarified to the news channel that there was no politics behind his resignation. “There is no politics behind it. This was a decision I took earlier.”
He said: “I have a mother who is 95 and need to give her time and I need to give time to kids, grandkids. I can’t take leave in this job.”