22/12/2016 4:34 PM IST | Updated 22/12/2016 5:16 PM IST

Najeeb Jung Resigns As Lieutenant Governor Of Delhi

Jung has held the post since July 2013.

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In a sudden and surprising move, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung submitted his resignation to the Centre on Thursday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sources said that they had not received the resignation yet. However this is a procedural issue since it first goes to the President of India and is then routed back to the ministry.

MHA sources also said that while Jung had met had met Home Secretary the day before, he gave no indication of his resignation. They also said that he had a meeting with the Home Secretary on Friday. The MHA also called the resignation surprising.

Jung, in his letter of resignation, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the cooperation during his tenure.

According to NDTV reports there will be no new political positions for him as of now and ANI reports that he may go back to academics.

Sources also told the news channel that the decision was a personal one and that he had been planning this for a while.

He also thanked the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year's President Rule in the national capital when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.

He also expressed his gratitude to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his association in the last two years with whom he has been embroiled in a bitter power battle since Kejriwal came to power.

Jung, who was also the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Milia Islamia University from 2009 to 2013, became the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013, replacing Tejendra Khanna.

Jung is an IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

(With inputs from agencies)