Kiran Bedi, the new lieutenant governor of Puducherry
Former IPS Officer and senior BJP leader Kiran Bedi has been appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, the Union Territory in which the Indian National Congress won the assembly elections last week. She has replaced Lieutenant-General AK Singh -who as the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar was handed an additional responsibility of Puducherry way back in 2014.
Kiran Bedi has been appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Puducherry by the Honorable President of India. Puducherry has witnessed a lot in the past week including Congress' victory in the Assembly elections and now by the appointment of Kiran Bedi, who joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in January, 2016 and was also projected by the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Delhi Assembly Elections which was held on 07th of February, 2015. Kiran Bedi and the BJP faced a huge defeat at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party at that point of time.
Ms Bedi had joined the BJP in January last year, following which she was projected as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the Delhi assembly elections. But her candidature was cited as one of the reasons why the BJP lost Delhi to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.
"I am trustworthy in terms of governance. I'm going to live up to that," stated by Ms Bedi. "The good news is that it is a Union Territory, which means one can do so much more."
Kiran Bedi also went ahead by talking about women empowerment and how she wants to seize this opportunity gifted to her by contributing to the curriculum of empowering women and setting an example for the women across and beyond India.
Kiran Bedi joined the administrative services in 1972 and become the first female IPS officer in India. She has held various other posts such as deputy director general (narcotics) in the Narcotics Control Bureau, inspector general prisons of Tihar and deputy commissioner of Police West and North Delhi.
On Thursday, the Assembly election results revealed the Congress' victory over 15 of the 30 seats in Puducherry. Its ally DMK won two.