President Pranab Mukherjee accepts Najeeb Jung's resignation; Anil Baijal to be Delhi's new Lieutenant Governor?

Former home secretary Anil Baijal may be appointed the new Delhi Lieutenant Governor.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Dec 28, 2016, 17:09 PM IST
President Pranab Mukherjee accepts Najeeb Jung's resignation; Anil Baijal to be Delhi's new Lieutenant Governor?
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Delhi: Former home secretary Anil Baijal may be appointed the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, sources told Zee Media.

Earlier today, President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignation of Najeeb Jung.

On December 22, Jung, whose nearly three-and-a-half-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP government, had resigned as Delhi's LG.

The sudden announcement that the 65-year-old former bureaucrat had quit had taken political circles by surprise since only a few days earlier he had written to the Centre that he was going on leave to Goa during Christmas.

In a brief statement, Jung's office had said that he had submitted his resignation to the government and that he would be returning to academics, "his first love".

At the same time, Jung had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal for his two-year "association".

A 1973-batch IAS officer, Jung had assumed charge as 19th Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013, five months before the Delhi Assembly elections.

Before becoming LG, Jung had headed the Jamia Millia Islamia university as vice chancellor.

About Baijal:

Baijal is from the 1969 batch of the Union Territory cadre and was appointed as the home secretary in February 2004. 

Before joining the home ministry, Baijal was the vice chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

He has also worked as Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar , the chairman and managing director Indian Airlines, commissioner sales tax and excise, national capital territory of Delhi, development commissioner of Goa and councilor in charge of India Aid Mission in Nepal.

(With Agency inputs)