New Delhi: In a move that has taken almost everyone by surprise, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung resigned from his post. Jung, whose move to Raj Bhawan in Delhi was as sudden as his resignation, said he had his calling in academics and that he longed to go back to a university.
Before becoming the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung was the vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, a central University in the Indian capital.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with whom he was never really on good terms, expressed his surprise at the sudden resignation, expressing good wishes for his new venture.
Najeeb Jung was involved in serious tussle with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Delhi chief minister during the last two years. Jung had completely reversed many decisions of the Delhi government using his authority as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, rendering an elected government without much power.
— Archie (@Archu243) December 22, 2016
Since biggest roadblock #NajeebJung has resigned, from tomorrow Delhi will have women commandos, Wi-Fi, CCTVs, best governance.. You name it
— Dr. Jal Kukdi (@Jal_Kukdi) December 22, 2016
Jung quits. War Starts. #NajeebJung
— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) December 22, 2016
— Arnab Goswamy (@the_sashiks) December 22, 2016
Strange to claim #NajeebJung will “return to his first love – academics”. He was never a proper academic. First love was an industrial house
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) December 22, 2016
— Navin Khaitan (@navinkhaitan) December 22, 2016
In a tweet Kejriwal said, “Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me, my best wishes in all his future endeavours. (sic)”.
Others very close to Jung were also equally surprised by the sudden move. Jung’s adviser Ajai Chaudhari said he was shocked too. While talking to a television channel Chaudhari said “He resigned since he had personal reasons. He said he has worked for 45 years, now he wants to spend time with family and his grandchildren”.
Meanwhile a statement from Jung’s office said he thanked “the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year’s President Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly. “