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Rishi Sunak becomes first Indian-origin and Hindu PM of UK

By Shefali Kohli -- October 24th 2022 06:53 PM

London, October 24: Britain's Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak becomes the first Indian-origin and Hindu Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on Monday became the Conservative Party leader, less than two months after he lost to Liz Truss in the Tory leadership race.

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Sunak's change in fate was triggered by the resignation of Truss after her high-profile sacking and resignation in her cabinet, following a heavily criticised mini-budget that left the UK pound tumbling.

After she was forced to step down just 45 days into office, Truss became the shortest-serving British PM. Standing before 10 Downing Street, Truss said that she recognizes she "cannot deliver the mandate" on which she was elected.

After Truss resigned on Thursday, Rishi Sunak and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson were seen as frontrunners for the UK PM bid.

Sunak is born in Southampton to parents of Indian descent who migrated to Britain from East Africa.

An Oxford, and Stanford University alumnae, Sunak is famously 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 had created a furrow. Rishi Sunak claimed that she has been paying all taxes.

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Her spokesperson said that Akshata Murthy "has always and will continue to pay UK taxes on all her UK income".

-PTC News with ANI inputs

 

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