Kiran Bedi appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry

Kiran Bedi.

Former Delhi police commissioner and senior BJP leader Kiran Bedi on 21 May been appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, replacing LG of Andaman and Nicobar Lt Gen AK Singh, who was given the additional charge of Puducherry.

The appointment of the BJP leader gains importance in the backdrop of the Congress-DMK having won in the recently held Puducherry assembly polls.

“The President of India has been pleased to appoint Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office,” read a communique from President Pranab Mukherjee’s office, according to NDTV.

Bedi had joined the BJP before Delhi elections in January last year, wherein she was appointed as the chief ministerial candidate. It was said that it was her candidature was why the party lost heavily to Aam Aadmi Party.

Earlier, Bedi who served in police department for 35 years before joining politics, said she was exposed to the office when she served as the secretary to Delhi’s former LG Tejinder Khanna in 1998-99.

Later speaking to the media, Bedi said, It is I have seen the potential, the capacity, and the power of the position (LG). It is going to be an interesting experience.”