Former Delhi Police chief BS Bassi in the race to replace Najeeb Jung

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Retired Delhi Police chief, BS Bassi, is a front-runner to replace Najeeb Jung, who resigned as the city’s Lieutenant Governor on Thursday afternoon.

MHA sources said that the central government was considering three names including Kiran Bedi and retired bureaucrat Anil Baijal.

Replace Najeeb Jung

The Centre’s Narendra Modi government is determined to appoint a ‘strong personality’ who is ‘capable of taking on’ Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, said the source.

Bassi, who retired earlier this year, had ended his career at a discordant note with Kejriwal with the latter often accusing him of harassing AAP MLAs through their frequent arrests.

The relationship between Kejriwal and Bassi had reached a new low after the Delhi chief referred city cops in the national capital as thullas.

Soon after his retirement, Bassi was made a member of Union Service Public Commission.

Bassi was, however, not available for comments.

Baijal, a member of the executive council of the RSS-leaning Vivekananda International Foundation, too is being tipped to replace Jung.

Baijal, was the Union home secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in the past. Among other roles, he has also been the vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority, CMD of Air India and the CEO of Prasar Bharti.

Kiran Bedi, whose name too is doing rounds for the LG post, had unsuccessfully led the BJP’s campaign in the last year’s assembly polls, where the saffron party had received near annihilation by winning just three seats.

A former IPS officer, Bedi was later appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

However, a source said that in Bedi’s case, it was more a case of she wanting to come to Delhi than the government considering her name.

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