Delhi LG 'resigns', cites personal reasons
Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal has reportedly put in his papers, without a successor being named.
A PTI report quoted an unnamed senior official as saying that “he (Baijal) has submitted his resignation to the President”. He has reportedly cited “personal reasons”.
Neither Raj Niwas (the lieutenant governor’s residence) nor Rashtrapati Bhavan had offered any comment till Wednesday evening.
President Ramnath Kovind is on an official visit to the Caribbean until Saturday, following which he is expected to take a call on Baijal’s resignation.
Baijal is the second consecutive lieutenant governor to quit suddenly. His predecessor Najeeb Jung stepped down amid rifts with the AAP government. Jung’s predecessor Tejendra Khanna’s extension ended on a bitter note with the Sheila Dikshit government blaming Delhi police, which reports to the lieutenant governor, for lapses that led to the 2012 bus gangrape.
Baijal’s term has also been marked by conflicts. But after the Centre passed a law giving primacy to the lieutenant governor over the elected government last year, both sides have avoided confrontation.