Kiran Bedi has been removed from the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry. In her place, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been given additional charge. Kiran Bedi was appointed Lieutenant Governor on 29 May 2016.
President removes Kiran Bedi as Lt. Governor post
“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, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made”, Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President in a statement.
It is worth mentioning that there was a long confrontation between the Congress government of Puducherry and Kiran Bedi. On February 10, Chief Minister V. Narayanaswamy submitted a memorandum to President Ramnath Kovind and urged him to withdraw the former IPS officer. He claimed that she is running the Tughlaq Durbar.
It should be noted here that the Congress Government of Puducherry has come in a minority. In fact, another MLA in the Union Territory of Puducherry has resigned. After this, there are now 14 MLAs of the Congress-led alliance in the existing house. In such a situation, the Congress government has lost its majority in the assembly.
However, the Chief Minister claims that his government has a ‘majority’ in the House. Elections for Puducherry Assembly are going to be held in April-May.
In Puducherry Assembly, Congress has 10, DMK three, All India NR Congress 7, AIADMK four, BJP three and one Independent MLA. You should know that four Congress MLAs have resigned while one MLA has been disqualified. The majority figure in Puducherry is 15.