London: British Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak becomes Britain’s first Indian-Hindu Prime Minister.
Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak became leader of the Conservative Party on Monday, less than two months after losing to Liz Truss in the Tory leadership race. Sunak’s change of fortune was sparked by Truss’s resignation after his high-profile sacking and resignation in his cabinet, following a much-criticized mini-budget that sent the pound plummeting.
After being forced to resign just 45 days after taking office, Truss became Britain’s shortest prime minister. Standing outside 10 Downing Street, Truss said she recognized she “cannot fulfill the term” for which she was elected.
Truss’s rise to power has been paved by the Tory leadership crisis after Boris Johnson resigned in July following a series of resignations by cabinet members, who protested his scandal-ridden leadership.
Within weeks, Sunak and Truss rose through the Conservative ranks to find themselves finalists in the competition for the post of British Prime Minister. Liz Truss was then named the UK’s new Prime Minister in September, which lasted less than 45 days.
After Truss resigned on Thursday, Rishi Sunak and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson were seen as frontrunners in the bid for British Prime Minister.
But Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the Tory leadership race despite claiming he has the necessary support. The former UK prime minister says he came to the conclusion that ‘it just wouldn’t be the right thing to do’ because ‘you can’t govern effectively if you don’t have a united party in Parliament’ .
Sunak was born in Southampton to parents of Indian descent who emigrated to Britain from East Africa.
Alumnus of Oxford and Stanford University, Sunak is married to Akshata Murty, the daughter of NR Narayana Murthy, the billionaire businessman who founded Infosys.
Earlier in April, reports of Akshata’s non-domicile status and alleged tax evasion created a furrow. Rishi Sunak claimed that she paid all taxes.
His spokesman said Akshata Murthy “has and will continue to pay UK tax on all his UK income”. (ANI)