Najeeb Jung's resignation from the postion of lieutenant governor of Delhi on Thursday has come as surprise to various political counters. However, according to emerging reports, the Centre had considered replacing Jung way back in June, when his three-year term was over.
A statement issued by LG's office said that Jung will be returning to academics. No reason for his quitting office has been cited. During Jung's reign in office, there were frequent run-ins with AAP's Kejriwal government. Though the Delhi high court upheld the LG's primacy in administering the capital but the Supreme Court later remarked that people's elected government should have "some powers".
Jung's replacements have not been announced so far, though speculations suggest the names of former home secretary Anil Baijal, retired bureaucrat Ashok Pradhan and former IAS officer Vijai Kapoor.
A 1973 batch IAS officer, Jung was also the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia university.
Delhi CM later tweeted:
Sh Jung's resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 22, 2016