Amid the political crisis in the union territory where the ruling Congress-led government has been reduced to a minority after one more MLA quit the party, Puducherry on Tuesday got a new Lieutenant Governor.
According to an official press note from Rashtrapati Bhavan, Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Governor of Telangana, has been given additional charge as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry till a permanent replacement will be announced.
“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,” Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President, said in a statement.
In a letter after her removal, Bedi thanked the government for “a lifetime experience in serving Puducherry”.
Thank all those who were a part my journey as Lt Governor of Puducherry—
The People of Puducherry and all the Public officials. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ckvwJ694qq
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 17, 2021
It can be noted that Kiran Bedi and the current CM Narayasamy have been at loggerheads over a range of issues. It can be noted that the development came ahead of the Legislative Assembly polls scheduled to be held in the Union Territory.