Anandiben, who is the first woman to be appointed to the top post in Gujarat, was administered the oath by the state's Governor Kamla Beniwal.

The senior BJP leader was chosen as Modi’s successor on Wednesday during a legislature party meeting at Gandhinagar, where the Prime Minister designate was present along with party's central observer Thavar Chand Gehlot and state in-charge Om Mathur.

She was also elected as the leader of Gujarat BJP Legislature Party during the meeting.

Her name was proposed by Agriculture Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and seconded among others by BJP general secretary Amit Shah, credited for the phenomenal success of the party in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP's central observer Thawar Chand Gehlot announced the election of Patel, who became the state's 15th Chief Minister, in the presence of Modi.

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Tears rolled down Patel's eyes as she began her acceptance speech during which she thanked Modi, behind whom she stood solidly even when he was banished out to Delhi following internal strife in the BJP, and the party for giving her the important responsibility.

"I am thankful to the top BJP leaders and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi for selecting a farmer's daughter like me for such responsibility. I studied while working in a farm and then became a teacher. When I joined BJP, I was a blank slate," Patel said.

"To be in politics is not easy for women. But, BJP leaders like Atalji and Advanji guided me all the way. Narendra bhai always motivated me. BJP always made sure that women don't have to face problems" Patel, who compared Modi with Lord Krishna, said.

Calling Modi a "leader of the 21st century" who converted problems into opportunities, she said, "People will remember you (Modi) for many years to come. This is the first time when any CM is becoming PM. Just like lord Krishna left the banks of river Yamuna and came here, today a 'Lok-Nayak' is leaving Sabarmati and going to the banks of Yamuna."

Modi, who was appointed the Prime Minister by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday, met the Gujarat Governor and tendered his resignation on Wednesday.

State legislators, including Modi's close aide Amit Shah and Anandiben Patel, held a special assembly session to bid farewell to Modi.
Anandiben Patel was also a minister in the government of Modi's predecessor Keshubhai Patel.

A school teacher by profession, she had left her job to join politics.

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