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Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman of KVIC appointed as new Lt Governor of Delhi after Anil Bajial’s exit

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Chairman of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Vinai Kumar Saxena has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, read an official statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening. This comes after Anil Baijal resigned last week citing personal reasons.

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“The President of India has accepted the resignation of Shri Anil Baijal as Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi,” read the statement. ” The President of India has been pleased to appoint Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena to be the Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” it added.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the new L-G. The occupant of L-G’s post, in the national capital, has come in the cross-fire between the Delhi-ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Centre-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the past eight years.

Saxena is the Chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, an organization under the Ministry of MSME responsible for generating employment opportunities in rural areas through implementing khadi and village industry programmes.

Meanwhile, Baijal, a 1969-batch IAS officer, was appointed as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi in December 2016 after the sudden resignation of Najeeb Jung.

An alumnus of Kanpur University with a pilot’s licence, Saxena was on March 5, 2021, appointed as one of the members of the national committee to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

His over five-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP dispensation over administrative jurisdiction and governance-related issues, including one in which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers staged a dharna at the LG office in 2018.

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

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