Kiran Bedi Relieved As Puducherry Lt Governor, Tamilisai Soundararajan To Take Additional Charge

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On the 16th of February, in a sudden move, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi was removed from her post. 

The development came during the late hours of the 16th of February.

A brief communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan Spokesman Ajay Kumar Singh, said, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, took the decision to remove Kiran Bedi from her post and said, Ms. Bedi “shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.”

President Ram Nath Kovind gave the additional charge of the Union Territory (UT,) to the Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. 

The issued notice would be in effect from the date she assumes charge of her office until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made. 

Ms. Tamilisai Soundararajan would take charge amid the ongoing political crisis in Puducherry.

Several Indian National Congress (INC) Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) under the V. Narayanasamy led Government submitted their resignations. 

Due to the same, the ruling INC led Government is currently in the minority.

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

On the morning of the 17th of February, Kiran Bedi took to Twitter and posted a heartwarming message over the situation with a motivational video. 

Ms. Bedi said, “Thank all those who were a part my journey as Lt. Governor of Puducherry-The People of Puducherry and all the Public officials,” 

She further said, “I thank the Government of India for a life time experience in serving Puducherry, as its Lt Governor,” “TeamRajNivas” worked diligently to serve larger public interest.”

Meanwhile, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the resignation of Mr. Narayanasamy for his inefficient ruling in Puducherry.

However, CM Narayanasamy rejected the demand and claimed his Government continued to enjoy ‘majority’ in the Puducherry Assembly.

Puducherry is set to go for Assembly polls in the next few months and the INC hopes to win the majority seats. 

After the resignation of four MLAs, the INC has 10 members, including the Speaker. 

In addition, the ally of the INC, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)  has 3 members and an independent also supports the INC. Therefore, total MLAs for INC and its ally are 14.

The opposition BJP has 14 MLAs in total. 

To form the Government, the majority mark is 16 for Puducherry. 


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