Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry


New Delhi. Kiran Bedi, the country’s first women IPS officer anf BJP leader was being appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on Sunday after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member Puducherry Assembly.

“The President of India has been pleased to appoint Ms Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry, with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office,” a communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

"I look forward to giving every bit of myself to the responsibility. I am there for the benefit of the country. I am here to give my best every day, each day. I am grateful for the government's decision. They trusted me," said 66-year-old Bedi, who had led the BJP campaign for the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls without any success.

After 35 years in police service, the IPS officer joined the BJP in January last year and was projected as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi.

In her new assignment in the Union territory of Puducherry, Bedi said she would work on people’s ideas rather than implementing her ideas. “My first task would be to connect with people, listen to the bureaucracy and elected representatives,” she said, adding that she would not go with pre-conceived notions about the people or the state.

Born on June 9, 1949, Bedi had led the BJP campaign in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections but had to face the worst defeat in her maiden political innings with Arvind Kejriwal- led AAP winning 67 of the 70 seats.

The post of Puducherry Lt Governor was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Ajay Singh for nearly two years.