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  • 19 February, 2021

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Removal of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor

Removal of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor

Context

  • Kiran Bedi’s ouster is a result of her failure to stick to her constitutionally mandated role
  • The removal of Kiran Bedi as Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor has provided a sense of relief to the elected government, led by the Congress, in the Union Territory.

LG’s disruption of smooth administration

  • Her acrimonious relationship with Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy over the last four and a half years eventually led the Centre to be forced to act against its own nominee to enable smooth administration at a time when the announcement of the Assembly elections is just round the corner.
  • Despite her laying emphasis on sanitation, rejuvenation of waterbodies, and transparency and accountability in the administration, Ms. Bedi ended up, in the eyes of the public, being someone who was disrupting administration.
  • Be it the suspension of an official over obscenity on social media, the helmet rule for two-wheeler riders, the free rice scheme, the appointment of the State Election Commissioner, the quota for government students in medical admission, or even the manner of release of money from the CM’s Fund, she was caught up in a war of words with the CM instead of being more discreet.

Way ahead

  • She should have shown more restraint as a constitutional functionary and adopted a consensual approach on matters affecting the people directly, even though the Lt. Governor in a Union Territory, as the President’s nominee, enjoys powers superior to those of the CM and the Council of Ministers.
  • On assuming charge as the officiating Lt. Governor on Thursday, Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Telangana Governor, ordered a floor test to be held on February 22.
  • Ms. Bedi’s innings in Puducherry should serve as a lesson to those in constitutional positions that however well-meaning one’s actions may be, one should not go beyond the mandated role.

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Source: TH


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