Will exit of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung end bitter Delhi standoff?
by T. Brajesh Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi Najeeb Jung has finally put in his papers. But will his exit put an end to bitter Delhi stand-off? Will Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government be getting along well with whosoever succeeds Jung as L-G of Delhi? These are the questions doing the rounds in the power corridors of Delhi government and South Block.
The answer to these question lies in what came out as reaction from the AAP spokesman Kumar Vishwas. Talking to various news channels after Jung’s resignation, Vishwas, a close aide of Arvind Kejriwal, said that Jung was just a mask and puppet, those who were behind him are sitting in the Central government. It is a common knowledge that there was no love lost between AAP government and Najeeb Jung. Both have been at loggerheads over several issues of governance, with Kejriwal alleging that L-G is not allowing his government to function at the behest of PM Narendra Modi.
Though Kejriwal stopped short of making such comments, Vishwas’ reaction speaks volumes of what is to come after Jung’s successor takes over responsibilities of L-G in Delhi. The AAP government looks to be in every mood to see the new incumbent through the same prism with which it used to monitor action of Jung. Arvind Kejriwal confined his reaction to expressing surprise over the resignation of Jung, wishing him all good wherever he goes and whatever he works in future.
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