Ex-IAS officer and former Union home secretary Anil Baijal was appointed as the new lieutenant governor of Delhi in place of Najeeb Jung who resigned recently.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the decision was taken by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday after he accepted Jung’s resignation.
President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a 10-day southern sojourn, gave his assent to the Centre’s recommendation for acceptance of outgoing Jung’s resignation and naming Baijal as his successor.
Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, had previously served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and has held the several key positions in other ministries.
Anil Baijal, who had retired from service in 2006 as Secretary, Urban Development Ministry has served as the former Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority.
I welcome Shri #AnilBaijal as the Lt.Governor of Delhi.
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Baijal’s appointment comes against the backdrop of a contentious working relationship between his predecessor Jung and the Arvind Kejriwal government.
Though Jung was a UPA appointee, the NDA government let him continue in the ‘prized’ post for two-and-a-half years. Even though Jung offered to resign on two earlier occasions, PM Modi asked him to stay on. On December 22, however, Jung announced his resignation, saying he was going back to academics.