Anil Baijal, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, has submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. Since March 2022, there has been rumours concerning his leaving. Praful Patel (Daman-Diu Administrator) and Rajiv Mehrishi (former Home Secretary) are contending for the position of Lieutenant Governor in Delhi.
Anil Baijal resigns citing personal reasons
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was appointed in December 2016. He held this role for over five years and 5 months. Today, Baijal abruptly submitted his resignation to the President. He quit for personal reasons, according to reports.
The Controversial Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
Several times, there have been disagreements between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Baijal over choices. From Powers of LG to corona crisis. When Corona was gaining traction earlier this year, the two clashed over the weekend curfew and odd-even rule for all stores. Kejriwal’s suggestions had been rejected by Baijal.
A disagreement arose between the two over the acquisition of 1000 buses in Delhi. Baijal had ordered the formation of a three-member panel to investigate the case, which included a former IAS official, the Principal Secretary of the Vigilance Department, and the Delhi Government’s Transport Commissioner. There was also some debate regarding this.
The Power Dispute of LG gained traction during Anil Baijal
For years, the office of Lieutenant Governor has been at the centre of a power struggle between Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP, which dominates at the centre, until a historic Supreme Court ruling in 2018 clarified their powers. The Supreme Court declared in a huge triumph for Mr Kejriwal in the years-long battle for control of Delhi that the Lieutenant Governor has no autonomous decision-making powers and that the real power must rest with the elected administration.
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