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Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry (analysed form The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: Union Territories and Lt. Governor)

BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a post that has been vacant for the past two years.

The post has been lying vacant after the NDA government sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria in July 2014.

The Union Territory was under the additional charge of Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The appointment comes three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member Assembly. The AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats while the BJP could not get even a single seat.

About Puducherry:

Puducherry formerly known as Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. It was formed out of four exclaves of former French India, namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. It is named after the largest district Puducherry. 

It has a legislative assembly and an elected government headed by the Chief Minister.

The Lt. Governor is the head of the state just like Governors in states. The Lt Governor is appointed by the President on the advice of Union government.



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