February 17, 2021
Outgoing Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has released a farewell message for the people of the Union Territory and said whatever she did as the L-G was part of her ‘sacred duty’.
In a message, Kiran Bedi has said, “Thank all those who were a part my journey as Lt Governor of Puducherry — The People of Puducherry and all the public officials.”
As a video on Twitter, Kiran Bedi has issued a written statement saying, “Whatever was done, was a sacred duty, fulfilling my constitutional and moral responsibilities.”
In a sudden development on Tuesday evening, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi was removed from her post at a time when the Puducherry government was thrown into a political crisis following the resignation of a bunch of Congress MLAs.
A brief communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Ajay Kumar Singh said the President has directed that Kiran Bedi “shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry”.
As she ends her tumultuous tenure as the Puducherry L-G, Kiran Bedi said, “I thank the Government of India for a life time experience in serving as its Lt Governor.”
“I also thank all who worked with me closely. I can say with deep sense of satisfaction that during this tenure ‘Team Raj Nivas’ diligently worked to serve larger public interest,” said Kiran Bedi.
With Kiran Bedi removed, President Ram Nath Kovind gave the additional charge of Puducherry 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”.