Telangana Governor to take additional charge of Puducherry (UT)
Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor Kiran Bedi was on Tuesday ordered to be removed by the President. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has issued orders to hand over additional responsibilities of the Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor to Telangana Governor Tamilaisai Soundarajan.
Kiran Bedi will no longer serve as the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, an official communiqué from President Ram Nath Kovind’s office said on Tuesday. This order comes less than 24 hours after four Congress MLAs tendered their resignations, leaving CM Narayanasamy’s government short of a majority in the 30-member Assembly.
For the time being, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will discharge the duties of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry in addition to her own duties.
This order will come into “effect from the date she [Tamilisai Soundararajan] assumes charge of her office, until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made,” the communiqué from the President’s office said.
On February 10, a delegation led by Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had met President Ram Nath Kovind in Delhi. It was during this meet that the delegation urged the President to recall Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, accusing her of interfering in the administration of the union territory.
The delegation led by CM Narayanasamy also claimed that the Bedi was “impeding” the implementation of various schemes of the Puducherry government.