Delhi LG Anil Baijal has resigned: Check list of lieutenant governors till now

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, has submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind citing “personal reasons”. 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.

He is a 1969 batch IAS officer and had served as Union Home Secretary under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and held key positions in other ministries. Under the Congress-led UPA government, he oversaw the ₹ 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mr Baijal was chief of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority that spearheaded the capital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tussle between AAP and BJP government

The role of Lieutenant Governor had been a point of issue between Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the BJP, which rules at the centre, for years until a landmark Supreme Court judgement in 2018 that spelled out their powers more clearly.

The Lieutenant Governor does not have independent decision-making powers and the real power must lie with the elected government, the Supreme Court had ruled in a big win for Mr Kejriwal in the years-long fight for control of Delhi.

List of lieutenant governors of Delhi

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is the constitutional head of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The post was first established in September 1966, when The Delhi Administration Act, 1966 came into effect. Thus the former Delhi Legislative Assembly was replaced by the Delhi Metropolitan Council with 56 elected and 5 nominated members with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi as its head. The Council however had no legislative powers, only an advisory role in the governance of Delhi. This setup functioned until 1990, when the Assembly was reinstated; the position of Lieutenant Governor retained its role.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in Parliament of India and was passed by both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The bill states that the Government referred to in any law to be made by the Legislative Assembly shall mean the Lieutenant Governor.

Delhi was earlier head by a Chief Commissioner who was an ICS officer. In 1966 the Delhi Administration Act was passed which set up a Delhi Metropolitan Council with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi as its head.

List of lieutenant governors of Delhi

List of Lieutenant Governors of Delhi

#NameTook officeLeft office
1Aditya Nath Jha, ICS7 November 196619 January 1972
2M.C. Pimputkar, ICS19 January 197223 April 1972
3Baleshwar Prasad, IAS24 April 19723 October 1974
4Krishan Chand, ICS3 October 197430 March 1978
5Dalip Rai Kohli, ICS30 March 197817 February 1980
6Jagmohan Malhotra, IAS17 February 198030 March 1981
7Sundar Lal Khurana, IAS30 March 19812 September 1982
8Jagmohan Malhotra, IAS2 September 198225 April 1984
9P. G. Gavai, IAS25 April 1984Nov 1984
10Mohan M.K. Wali, IASNov 1984Nov 1985
11AVM H. L. Kapur, PVSM, AVSMNov 1985Aug 1988
12Romesh Bhandari, IFSAug 1988Dec 1989
13ACM Arjan Singh, DFCDec 1989Dec 1990
14Markandey Singh, IPSDec 19904 May 1992
15Prasannabhai Karunashankar Dave, IAS4 May 19924 January 1997
16Tejendra Khanna, IAS4 January 199720 April 1998
17Vijai Kapoor, IAS20 April 19989 June 2004
18Banwari Lal Joshi, IPS9 June 20049 April 2007
19Tejendra Khanna, IAS9 April 20079 July 2013
20Najeeb Jung, IAS9 July 201322 December 2016
21Anil Baijal, IAS31 December 201618 May 2022