Najeeb Jung, who has been the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi since July 2013 has resigned abruptly. He has submitted his resignation letter to the Government of India. He has resigned 18 months ahead of schedule. His resignation has surprised many, but the speculation is that his daily run ins with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seem to have gotten the better of him.
Najeeb Jung was an IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre and has been the Vice Chancellor of the famous Jamia Millia Islamia which is located in New Delhi. The Ministry of Home Affairs is said to be debating who the next LG of Delhi should be.
Najeeb Jung is said to be passionate about teaching and is an academic at heart. He will most probably be rejoining the world of academics. The National Capital Territory of New Delhi is a very unique democratic set up in India. All the decisions taken by the democratically elected government have to be approved by the LG, without whose approval there can be no work done. The Delhi Police is also not under the control of the Delhi Government or the LG, but rather under the control of Union Home Ministry.
All the decisions taken by the Delhi CM and his cabinet were always struck down by him and caused a lot of public fights. This made him extremely unpopular, especially when the ruling Aam Admi Party won a whopping 67 out of 70 seats. The argument is that when the people have voted overwhelmingly for the CM, why should the LG question everything and put a spanner in the working of a popular government.
The former LG Najeeb Jung thanked the Prime Minister Modi, the Central Government, State Government and the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for their support during his tenure as LG.