Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry lieutenant governor by President

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Updated: February 16, 2021 10:24 PM

Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry lieutenant governor: In place of Kiran Bedi, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been given the additional charge of the union territory.

Kiran Bedi removed from Puducherry Lieutenant Governor's postA Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson informed that Kiran Bedi will "cease to hold" the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. (File image)

Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry lieutenant governor: Kiran Bedi was removed from the post of lieutenant governor of Puducherry by President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.

In place of Bedi, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been given the additional charge of the union territory.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson informed that Kiran Bedi will “cease to hold” the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry,  PTI reported.

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Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President, said in a statement: “The President has directed that Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry and has appointed Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, to discharge the functions of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, in addition to her own duties, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office, until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made.”

Puducherry is witnessing a political crisis following the resignation of Congress MLAs from the V Narayanasamy government.

The direction from the President comes amid the political crisis where the ruling Congress-led government has been reduced to a minority after one more MLA quit the party on Tuesday.

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Bedi and Narayasamy have been at loggerheads over a range of issues.

A retired IPS officer, Bedi was functioning till late Tuesday evening and reviewing the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the union territory and issuing directions for bringing in police force and sanitation workers in the frontline worker category for the inoculation.

Amid the political turmoil, the opposition seized the opportunity and demanded the resignation of Narayanasamy, saying his government was in minority. However, Narayanasamy rejected the demand, claiming that his government continued to enjoy ‘majority’ in the assembly, which is set to go for polls in the next few months.

With resignations of four MLAs, the strength of the Congress in the 33-member assembly has been decreased to 10 including the Speaker. Its ally DMK has three members and an independent also supports the government. The opposition has 14 MLAs.

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