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BREAKING: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal Resigns

  • What: Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal today submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind.

  • Why: The reason he cited for his resignation was 'due to personal reasons' and no specifications have been stated.

  • Context: Mr Baijal had taken over as Lieutenant Governor in December 2016 following the abrupt resignation of his predecessor Najeeb Jung. He has completed his five-year tenure and an appointment of his successor has been due.

  • Political background: The powers of the LG have been a real issue between the ruling AAP in Delhi and the BJP at the Centre. In a big win for Kejriwal government in Delhi, the Supreme Court ruled that except for anything related to land, police and public order, the LG has no independent decision-making powers under the constitution.