The Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s sudden resignation from his post on Thursday evening left many puzzled as the LG has decided to quit much before or at least 18 months before his term ends. The governor was quite active and said to be the most eligible person for the post.
However, Jung’s 3-and-a-half years’ term in office saw many clashes with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over administrative power. Several decisions of AAP government were termed illegal by the LG for not following procedures. Thus, resignation of Jung also caught Delhi’s political circle by surprise.
The statement issued by Jung’s office did not cite any specific reason, except that he would be returning to academics. But there are several speculations going on with blame game continue among political parties. But, amid all this chaos, the most important question that arrives here is – who will be the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi?
Considering Delhi’s complex administrative structure, it’s not an easy decision neither it would be easy for anyone to hold the position. Reportedly, the names of former Home Secretary Anil Baijal, Kiran Bedi and B S Bassi are being considered for the post. However, the one who is leading the race is former union home secretary Anil Baijal.
In a span of more than 37 years, Baijal held many significant assignments including of Union Home Secretary, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharti Corporation (Broadcasting Corporation of India), Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority, Development Commissioner, Goa and Counselor in-charge of Indian Aid Programme in Nepal.
Here is some key information you must know about Anil Baijal:
- A 1969 batch IAS officer, Baijal served as home secretary during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.
- He also served as vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and was seen as a “brilliant officer.”
- Former deputy prime minister L K Advani brought him in 2004 to begin a clean-up drive and make DDA people-friendly.
- Previously, Baijal was in the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation.
- Earlier, he had emerged as the frontrunner to replace N N Vohra as J&K Governor.
- Anil Baijal also served as Chief Secretary Andaman & Nicobar.
- The former CEO of the Prasar Bharati also held the post of Additional Secretary in I&B Ministry.