Anil Baijal to be new Delhi Lieutenant Governor
Besides holding key positions in the central government, a 1969 batch IAS officer, Baijal had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government
Former Union home secretary Anil Baijal’s is set to become Delhi’s next lieutenant governor after President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday accepted Najeeb Jung's resignation.
Ending his nearly three-and-half- year-long tenure, Najeeb Jung had submitted his resigned from his Delhi lieutenant governor post last week.
The central government has reportedly cleared the name of former home secretary to fill the post that has fallen vacant after sudden resignation of Najeeb.
Besides holding key positions in the central government, a 1969 batch IAS officer, Baijal had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Earlier, in addition to the name of Anil Baijal, the name of retired IAS officer, KJ Alphonse Kannanthanam, was also emerged as the potential candidate for the post of Delhi Lt. Governor.
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.
Reports said Najeeb Jung had asked to quit twice before, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged him to carry on.
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.”
He reiterated that he first offered to resign when PM Modi government came to power in May 2014, months before Kejriwal’s party won the Delhi election.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the resignation of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung is a surprise to him and wished him for his future endeavours.
The AAP took a jibe at the LG, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Narendra Modi dispensation. The party also questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG.