There was no politics behind my resignation: Najeeb Jung

There is no politics behind it and this was a decision I took earlier, says Jung.

There was no politics behind my resignation: Najeeb Jung

Najeeb Jung, who resigned on Friday as Delhi's Lieutenant Governor, on Saturday 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."

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.

"I had offered to resign as I had been appointed by the previous UPA government, but the PM asked me to carry on. After three years, I requested the PM to relieve me but he asked me to carry on," he told NDTV.

"After three and a half years, I requested the PM again on Tuesday that I would like to resign on personal grounds but he said carry on," he added. This time, Mr Jung said, he was determined to quit.

The former Jamia Milia Islamia University Vice Chancellor said he wants to write a book on his stint. Asked about his friction with AAP, which accused him of acting like a stooge and controlling Delhi on behalf of the Centre, he said: "I discharged my duties as per the Constitution."

Mr Kejriwal said last night that he was surprised by Mr Jung's resignation and that "khatta meetha" (ups and downs) are a part of life.

The Congress has alleged that the ruling BJP at the Centre forced the academician to resign. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju criticised the speculation and said: "Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?"

Meanwhile, the Congress  termed Jung's exit "unceremonious" and sought an explanation from the BJP-ruled Centre. "Was he removed to bring in someone who is close to the RSS? Was it done considering the upcoming municipal polls? Jung is an able administrator," Congress leader Ajay Maken told reporters.