In a surprising development, the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appointed BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.
A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said “the President 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.”
“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,” 66-year-old Bedi was quoted by PTI.
Her former colleague and now rival, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, congratulated her on her appointment.
He said, “My best wishes to Kiran Didi for this new role.”
However, the JDU wasted no time in opposing Bedi’s appoint the new LG for Puducherry.
The appointment comes three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member state Assembly. AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats while BJP could not get even a single seat.
The LG post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed. Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island Lt Gen Ajay Singh had been given additional charge of Puducherry.
Baedi’s appointment has, however, provided plenty of ammunition to social media users, who detected multiple ironies in the development.
Some criticised the BJP government for appointing Bedi as Lt Governor despite she having miserably lost in 2015 Delhi assembly elections in her maiden foray in electoral politics.
Others were quick to dig out her old statement where Bedi, a staunch Modi supporter, had promised to go back to her public speaking engagement.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
Let this be a lesson to all those fools who think talent and hard work will bring them success. https://t.co/gtILQR6Jam
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) May 22, 2016
Interesting recap of what Kiran Bedi wanted to do if she lost Delhi Elections, which of course she did miserably… pic.twitter.com/rt4hlhlfLG
— Jairaj P (@jairajp) May 22, 2016
Two people – Sheila Dixit and Kiran bedi , defeated by Arvind Kejriwal / AAP get Governor posts. So you know what I am suggesting 🙂
— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) May 22, 2016
Appointment of Kiran Bedi, who lost in Delhi polls, as Lt Governor of Pudducherry, BJP making a mockery of Parliamentary democracy.#aap
— Kanwar Sandhu (@SandhuKanwar) May 22, 2016
Kiran Bedi was always an opportunistic lady. Got the reward for her chaaploosi to Nare https://t.co/gl5PyZpijz
— Alaric Willison (@AlAlaric) May 22, 2016
All the TV appearances during the JNU row atesting the action of the jerky Govt. Kiran Bedi now rewarded by her master
— Sholay Kid (@Ayamang) May 22, 2016
Congrats @thekiranbedi JI🙏
"वो जो फिरता था लिए हाथ में सूरज कल तक,
आज ख़ैरात में जुगनू बटोर कर ख़ुश है."
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) May 22, 2016