BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was today appointed as Lt Governor of Puducherry, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.

Bedi tweeted a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique:

Bedi, who seems pretty excited, told PTI, “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 governments decision. They trusted me.”
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The post was vacant for a year

The LG post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government had 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.

The move has left everyone confused

Bedi was left red-faced after she led the BJP campaign in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections to one of its worst defeat ever – AAP swept away 67 of 70 seats. Since then, she’s not been visible in the party and has remained relevant only through Twitter. 

There were mixed reactions to Bedi’s appointment since the post of Puducherry LG is not as prominent as the position of Delhi CM, for which she took on Arvind Kejriwal last year. 

Some thought it was awesome…

…including her rival and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who conveyed best wishes to “Kiran Didi”

“At long last, something in return for loyalty”