NEW DELHI: Former bureaucrat Anil Baijal has taken oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a post that fell vacant after the surprise resignation of Najeeb Jung last week. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was present when Mr Baijal, 70, was administered oath as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Delhi this morning by High Court chief Justice G Rohini at Raj Niwas in Civil Lanes area of North Delhi. Mr Baijal, after taking oath, thanked President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said, "I hope we will work together with the elected government. We have too many problems, law and order, women safety, pollution, infrastructure. We will work on all of this." On previous Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's tussle with the Delhi government, he said, "This is speculative. We will sit and talk and you will come to know whether relations have improved or not." Anil Baijal retired in 2006 as the Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry. As Union Home Secretary, he had been shifted to the Urban Development Ministry in a rejig after the UPA government came to power in 2004. A former vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, Mr Baijal was involved with the designing and roll-out of Rs. 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission launched by the Manmohan Singh government. He was also on the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation, several of whose former members, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, have been appointed to senior positions by PM Modi's government.
Anil Baijal took oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi