Hours after her sacking as the Lt Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, has thanked the Centre for a lifetime experience in serving Puducherry as its Lt Governor. Kiran Bedi also said, “Whatever was done, was a sacred duty, fulfilling my constitutional and moral responsibilities.”
She also said that Puducherry has a very bright future and it is now in the hands of the people. She also thanked the people who worked closely with her during her tenure as the Lt Governor.
Bedi said she could say with a deep sense of satisfaction that during her tenure ‘Team Raj Nivas diligently worked to serve larger public interest’. She wished for a prosperous Puducherry.
Kiran Bedi sacked unceremoniously
In a surprise development late on Tuesday, the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced that Kiran Bedi will cease to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, just a week after V Narayanasamy petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind urging him to recall her.
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who has been at loggerheads with her ever since her appointment in Puducherry, welcomed her removal. The CM hailed the removal of Bedi as a “victory for people”.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been assigned additional charge of Puducherry following the removal of Lt Governor.
Political crisis in Puducherry
The removal of Bedi comes amid a crisis in the ruling Congress government in the Union territory. The Congress government has slipped into a minority after four Congress leaders resigned from the Assembly since last month.
Of the 30 elected MLAs in the assembly, Congress had 15 members and, along with the DMK’s three and one independent member, was just past the majority mark of 16.
After the resignations, the government and the opposition both are at 14. The Congress has 10 members, leaving the V Narayanasamy government one short of the majority mark, which is now 15 with the assembly strength dropping to 28.
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