Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says ‘Lt Governor quit on personal grounds’

A day after Najeeb Jung resigned as Delhi's Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met him at Raj Niwas here.
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India TV Politics Desk New Delhi December 23, 2016 10:51 IST

A day after Najeeb Jung resigned as Delhi's Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met him at Raj Niwas here. 

Kejriwal reached the LG's official residence around 8am and the breakfast meeting lasted for nearly an hour. 

The AAP national convenor, who was locked in a running battle with Jung for a long time, said that the 65-year-old had not given him any new details for his decision. 

"He told me that he is resigning due to his personal reasons," he told reporters outside the Raj Niwas.

Jung's decision to quit 18 months before the end of his tenure had taken political circles by surprise.

When the news of Jung's resignation broke, the Chief Minister was in Ranchi. He had expressed his ‘surprise’ at the sudden move and tweeted: “Sh. Jung's resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.”

Yesterday Jung's office, without citing reasons for his sudden exit, said that ‘he will be returning to academics’. Sources close to him said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. 

Jung became the Lt Governor on July 9, 2013 when the Congress-led UPA was in power. The Narendra Modi government retained him even as it replaced most Governors in the states. 

Jung is a former IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre. He is also a former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. 

Meanwhile, Anil Baijal, who was home secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, tops the list of contenders for the post.

 
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