Anandiben Patel, the 73-year-old Gujarat cabinet minister holding two portfolios was on Wednesday (May 21) unanimously elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party, making her the chief minister designate to succeed Narendra Modi. Also Read - Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee Sends Legal Notice to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari

A teacher-turned-politician, Patel will be sworn in as the state’s first woman chief minister on Thursday, May 22. Also Read - BJP Demands Deployment of Central Forces in West Bengal Ahead of Crucial Assembly Polls

Addressing BJP legislators, a teary eyed Patel promised to continue the “glorious traditions of her predecessor” Modi, who is set to take over as India’s new prime minister. Also Read - PM Modi, CMs to Get Coronavirus Vaccine Shot in Phase 2; Netas Above 50 Next

Watch video below: Anandiben Patel takes over from Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister.