Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday expressed his surprise on the resignation of Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.”
Sh Jung's resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 22, 2016
Ministry of Home Affairs too was reportedly not aware of Jung’s plan to call it quits. Sources in the MHA said that Jung had a meeting planned with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday (tomorrow).
Jung on Thursday had submitted his resignation to the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
Najeeb Jung would be returning to his first love, which is, academics, said a statement from the LG office.
He had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘all the help and cooperation’ he received during his time as the Lt Governor.
Jung also thanked Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, for his association ‘in the last two years.’
A statement for the LG office said, “The statement added, “Shri Jung thanks to the people of Delhi for all support and affection specially during the one year’s President’s Rule in Delhi. When he got unstinted (sic) support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.”
Jung was always in loggerheads with the elected government of Delhi with Kejriwal often accusing him of being a stooge of the central government.
The matter related to the difference over administrative powers is currently being heard by the Supreme Court after the High Court had earlier declared the LG the administrative head of the national capital.