Binai Saxena has been appointed the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi

Binai Kumar Saxena, chairman of the Khadi and Rural Industries Commission, was appointed as the new lieutenant governor of Delhi on Monday, just days after Anil Baijal resigned citing “personal reasons”.

“We are pleased to have the President of India, Shri Binai Kumar Saxena, effectively appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Region of Delhi from the date of assuming office,” a statement from the President’s Press Secretary read.

Saxena took over as chairman of KVIC in October 2015, which operates under the Ministry of Medium, Small and Medium Enterprises. Earlier, he was the founding president of the National Council for Civil Liberties, which has carried out massive relief work in the quake-hit areas of Gujarat.

In a surprise move last week, Baijal resigned after serving five years and more than four months. A retired civil servant, Baijal took over as lieutenant governor in December 2016 following the sudden resignation of his predecessor Najib Jung.

His tenure was marked by regular races with the AAP-led Delhi government. The biggest confrontation occurred in 2018 when CM Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers sat in a dharna in Baijal’s office, alleging that IAS officers posted with the state government were not working closely with elected officials. He was also in dispute with the government over the implementation of door-to-door distribution of services and rations.

The post of Delhi LG has become a major flashpoint between the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and the Center over power-sharing between the state and central governments.

In July 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the lieutenant governor of Delhi did not have the power to make independent decisions. It further said that the Delhi government can legislate on all matters but a trio which includes land and law and order.

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