Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan sworn in as Lt. Governor of Puducherry

As the fifth woman to hold the post, Soundarajan took office at a time when the ruling Congress-led government lost its majority after another MLA left the party.

Puducherry: Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan, who was given additional charge of Puducherry, was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory on Thursday.

Chief Justice of Madras High Court Sanjib Banerjee administered him the oath of office in a simple ceremony at Raj Niwas.

Earlier, Puducherry Government Chief Secretary Ashwini Kumar read the warrant issued by President Ram Nath Kovind on 16 February giving Tamilisai Soundarajan additional charge of union territory.

Soundarajan took over as lieutenant governor, a time came when the ruling Congress-led government lost its majority on Tuesday after another MLA left the party.

Puducherry Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, Ministers, Leader of Opposition N Rangasamy, former PWD Minister A Namasivyam (now in BJP) and officials of Puducherry administration were among those present at the swearing-in ceremony.

After the oath taking, the Lieutenant Governor was presented a Guard of Honor by the Puducherry Police outside the Raj Niwas.

Soundarajan of Tamil Nadu is the fifth woman to hold the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry. The others were Chandravati, Rajendra Kumari Bajpai, Rajni Rai and Kiran Bedi.

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was removed from the post on Tuesday following an order from the President, he was given additional charge of Puducherry.

The Congress party had long been demanding to recall him on several issues between Narayanasamy and Bedi.

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