Kiran Bedi Draws Flak For Wishing Puducherry on France’s FIFA Win

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi’s congratulatory tweet to “Puducherrians" after the FIFA World Cup final on 15 July has sparked a controversy. After France won the coveted FIFA World Cup by defeating Croatia in a nail-biting game, Bedi lauded the win with a reference to Puducherry’s colonial past.

“We the Puducherrians (erstwhile French Territory) won the World Cup. Congratulations Friends. What a mixed team-all French. Sports unites (sic),” wrote Bedi in her tweet.

The reference to Puducherry as an erstwhile French colony did not go down well with several people, as a quick look through the comments’ section under her tweet showed.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken called Bedi’s statement “unacceptable and anti-national” and advised PM Narendra Modi to find a replacement for her.

“This statement of Kiran Bedi is unacceptable and is definitely anti-national. Narendra Modi ji should recall Kiran Bedi immediately – May consider Dr Harsh Vardhan, Manoj Tiwari or Vijay Goel as a replacement,” Maken tweeted.

Here are some of the responses her post garnered on Twitter.

A handful of Twitter users rushed to defend the BJP leader.

However, Bedi seemed unfazed by the attention her tweet had garnered. In a tweet on the morning after the World Cup final, she wrote:

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