At a meeting in Mumbai, the 44-year-old legislator from Nagpur South West was elected BJP Legislature Party leader, paving the way for him to take over as Chief Minister.

As the news spread, enthusiastic BJP workers and supporters of the young leader burst crackers on streets and distributed sweets.
Fadnavis's wife Amruta, a banker by profession, left here this evening to join her husband in Mumbai, while his mother Sarita and in-laws will leave for the state capital tomorrow morning, family sources said.

The four-time MLA will assume office on October 31 and will be the first BJP Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He will be the fourth politician from Vidarbha, a backward region in eastern Maharashtra which has witnessed statehood demand, to occupy the top post.

Fadnavis, who is also state BJP president, came up for praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had described him as "Nagpur's gift to the country" at an election rally.

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