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AAP, Congress react to LG Jung’s surprise resignation

By PTI Updated: Dec 23, 2016 12:49 am

Delhi, Dec. 22: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today described the resignation of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung as a surprise even as the AAP took a jibe at the LG, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Narendra Modi dispensation.

The AAP also questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG.

Kejriwal said Jung’s resignation is a surprise to him and wished him for his future endeavours.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, despite the “sweet bitter” experience, the AAP government and Jung did a good job in Delhi.
“Good wishes to Najeeb Jung for his future endeavour. God should give some good sense to them who controlled him. Will the war continue even after Jung’s (exit)?” Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said.

Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed Jung’s tenure “disgraceful”.

Vishwas alleged that the LG troubled the Delhi government at the behest of Modi dispensation, but took a jibe saying Jung would get a better posting.

“Modi government promotes its people. We hope, he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him.

“Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” Vishwas said.

In a sudden move, Jung today resigned amid a bitter confrontation with the AAP government.

Without citing reasons, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Centre. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.

Cong terms LG exit unceremonious, BJP finds fault with AAP govt

The resignation of Najeeb Jung as Lt Governor today caught Delhi’s political circle by surprise with the Congress terming the exit “unceremonious” and the BJP claiming he was “upset” with the AAP government.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said a BJP delegation had met the L-G yesterday over delimitation of municipal wards when Jung had “expressed” his displeasure with the Kejriwal government.

“Even then (yesterday) he was upset with the AAP government stalling work. But we did not foresee this. He told us that he was going a week-long leave. Delhi needed him,” Gupta said.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said Jung has a meeting scheduled with him tomorrow.

“The L-G met me day before yesterday but he did not give any indication of submitting his resignation. Another meeting of mine with the L-G is scheduled for Friday (tomorrow)… I have come to know about his resignation only through media,” Mehrishi said.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken sought the response of the Centre over Jung’s “unceremonious exit” while party leader PC Chacko suggested the resignation might be due to BJP’s pressure.

“Was he removed to bring someone who is close to RSS? Was it done considering the upcoming municipal polls? Jung is an able administrator,” Maken told reporters.

“BJP never takes independent stand as far as the office of Governor is concerned and this is putting many a Governors in difficulty. May be this is behind the resignation,” Chacko said.

By PTI Updated: Dec 23, 2016 12:49:06 am