New Delhi: Former top cop Kiran Bedi, who was on Sunday appointed Lt. Governor of Puducherry, said she will uphold the constitution and thanked all for reposing faith in her.
The chief ministers of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, apart from Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, were among those who wished her well in the new gubernatorial assignment.
“This belongs to all who reposed their trust in me, taught me, groomed me, educated me, found time for me. Thank you,” Bedi tweeted.
She also told reporters that “the role of a Lt. Governor is clearly defined in the constitution” and added that she will uphold the same.
“Every department in a government should deliver,” she told the media, alluding to her new responsibility.
Her friend-turned-political-rival — Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal — too wished her good luck.
“My best wishes to Kiran didi for this new role,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal and Bedi were at the vanguard of the Lokpal bill movement along with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in 2011, but parted ways after Kejriwal floated the Aam Admi Party in 2012.
Bedi maintained for long that she will stay away from politics. Later, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2015 on the eve of the Delhi assembly elections.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted: “Best wishes for the new responsibility.”
Prabhu also complimented Bedi in a tweet: “Congrats to Kiran Bedi for being the LG of Puducherry. The great job done as police officer is fondly remembered by all. All the best.”
Her appointment also saw serving police officials and twitterati taking to the microblogging site.
IPS Association said in a tweet: “IPSA congratulates one of its outstanding & key members Kiran bedi, IPS (retd) on her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry UT.”