Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who has been a constant critic of Delhi’s Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung on 22 December said that his resignation came as “surprise” to him. Kejriwal took to Twitter to say that the news of Jung’s resignation was unexpected and wished him well in his future endeavours.

In a sudden development, Delhi’s LG Najeeb Jung resigned on 22 December. He has submitted his resignation to the government. However, it is not yet clear whether the resignation has been accepted or not.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also took to Twitter to react to Jung’s resignation and said despite the ups and down and all the difference between the Delhi government and the LG, both had worked in favour of the development of Delhi.

According to reports, Najeeb Jung said he is submitting his resignation because he wants to return to academics. He further thanked the people for the support extended during his term as the Lieutenant governor. This comes 18 months before his tenure was going to end. In his resignation letter, he also thanked his constant critic Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the necessary support extended to him.

Arvind Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the Delhi government fully stripped of powers and that all the power to take the important decisions were vested with Najeeb Jung. The tussle between the AAP chief and Jung has been on since the time Aam Aadmi party came into power in 2015.

It was only last week that the Supreme Court had ruled that Delhi government needed to have powers to function after Kejriwal appealed against High Court’s decision that made Najeeb Jung the administrative state.