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Centre appoints Kiran Bedi as Puducherry Lt. Governor

She had joined BJP ahead of the February 2015 Delhi Assembly polls and was the party's CM nominee

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Publish Date: May 22 2016 5:18PM | Updated Date: May 23 2016 2:57PM

Centre appoints Kiran Bedi  as Puducherry Lt. Governor

 BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on Sunday. 

 
 
"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 Rashtrapati Bhawan communque said.
 
The first woman officer in the Indian Police Service when she joined in 1972, Bedi held important positions including Inspector General (Prisons) at Delhi's high-security Tihar Jail. Her work in one of Asia's largest jails led to her winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.
 
After retirement, she joined Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal in their movement against corruption and for a strong Lokpal but later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the February 2015 Delhi assembly polls and was the party's chief ministerial nominee.
 
However, the party was virtually wiped out, winning only three seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly while she herself lost in the Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi.