New Delhi: A day after her removal as the lieutenant governor of the Union Territory, the former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, on Wednesday, said whatever work done was a sacred duty fulfilling her constitutional and moral responsibilities. She also thanked the Centre for a life time experience in serving Puducherry, “I thank the Government of India for a lifetime experience in serving Puducherry, as its governor,” she said.
Bedi, who has been at loggerheads with V Narayasamy government over various political issues, said “TeamRajNivas” worked diligently to serve the larger public interest.
“Thank all those who were a part of my journey as lieutenant governor . The people of Puducherry and all the public officials,” Bedi’s today’s tweet read, along with a statement.
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
On Tuesday night, Bedi, India’s first woman IPS officer, was removed from her post at a time when the union territory was witnessing a political crisis where the ruling Congress-led government has been reduced to a minority after one more MLA quit the V Narayanasamy government, on Tuesday.
Bedi’s sudden sacking from the post of Puducherry’s Lt Governor was speculated to be due to the Congress’ repeated complaints about her interference in administration, however, as per the sources, her removal came in view of upcoming assembly elections, as the BJP and its ally AIADMK were worried that she was going to turn into the biggest poll issue due to her several unpopular decisions.
For now, President Ram Nath Kovind has given the additional charge of the union territory to Telengana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan “with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office until regular arrangements for the office of lieutenant governor of Puducherry are made”.