Kiran Bedi, the first female IPS officer of the nation, added another feat to her name after she was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on May 22, 2016. Bedi replaces Lieutenant General AK Singh, who also oversaw the Union Territory of Puducherry since 2014 in addition to the charges of Andaman and Nicobar.
In a communique issued from the President’s office, it was reported that the President is pleased to appoint Kiran Bedi as the Lt. Governor of Puducherry, which will be effective from the day she decides to assume office.
The Ex-IPS officer expressed that since this is a Union territory, she has a lot more to do. Earlier, she had also stated that she was trustworthy in terms of governance and she also added that she was sure that she will live up to the standards set by Singh.
The political career of the ex-officer began earlier last year, when she was projected to be the chief ministerial candidate in the elections, where the main opposition was Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP. However, a large portion of the population believes that this was the reason behind BJP’s poor performance in the capital state.
This is the first time that Bedi will become the Lieutenant Governor of a state. Previously, she served as secretary to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna from 1998-1999. Bedi claimed that this experience has helped her handle and learn about grievance redressal, policing, and municipal corporations.
The IPS officer, who was BJP’s face during the Delhi elections, has been chosen as the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory in a state where Congress has recently came into power. This might be of great significances in national politics. Bedi will take up her charge soon and will begin her tenure as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.