On Najeeb Jung Quitting Arvind Kejriwal Says Life Is Khatta Meetha

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A day after Najeeb Jung's surprise resignation as Delhi's Lieutenant Governor, his sharpest critic, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, visited him and said he was told that the move was driven by personal reasons.

"Khatta meetha to chalta rehta hai zindgi mein (ups and downs are a part of life)," Mr Kejriwal said, conciliatory after a breakfast meeting with the man who stood as his biggest challenge in the past two years.

"I pray to God for his success in whatever he does in life. Let us see who comes next. I hope that whoever comes will work for the development of Delhi," said the Chief Minister, who had expressed surprise at Mr Jung's move.

Mr Jung, 66, resigned yesterday with 18 months left in his tenure, saying he wants to return to his "first love, academics".

Amid speculation about what impelled Mr Jung to quit, just days after he had written to the Centre for a private visit to Goa from December 25 to January 1, his adviser Ajai Chaudhari said he was shocked too. "He resigned for personal reasons. He said he has worked for 45 years, now he wants to spend time with family and his grandchildren," Mr Chaudhari told NDTV.


Sources close to Mr Jung claimed he had been thinking of quitting for some months.
But this seemed to run counter to an undated letter that surfaced last evening in which Mr Jung had written to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi that he would be on a private visit to Goa from Sunday. The letter, news agency Press Trust of India reported, also said the Delhi Chief Secretary will keep in touch with Mr Jung "about important developments" and when needed, seek Mr Mehrishi's advice.


Mr Jung's three years in office were marked by unprecedented acrimony with Mr Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

From friction over key decisions like appointments, the feud escalated after Mr Jung scrutinized all decisions taken by the Kejriwal government and nixed many schemes.

AAP called Mr Jung a stooge of the BJP-led government at the Centre and also blamed him for police cases against several lawmakers.

Earlier this month, AAP was heartened when the Supreme Court observed that "an elected government should have some power to run, otherwise the government cannot function."

The centre and Mr Jung said because Delhi is not a state, the Lieutenant Governor has special powers, an argument accepted by the Delhi High Court which, in August, ruled against Mr Kejriwal. The court said that Mr Jung is the administrative head of the capital and has to sign off on government decisions.

Mr Kejriwal challenged that verdict in the Supreme Court.





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