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It is very surprised to know that for the first time, Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak was appointed as the UK’s new finance minister on Thursday (13.02.2020) by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an extensive Cabinet reshuffle amid reports of serious differences within Downing Street.
❒ Son-in-Law of Infosys Narayan Murthy
The 39-year-old son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy will be joining Priti Patel on the top government bench, after her promotion as Home Secretary. Sunak told reporters that he is thrilled to be appointed as Chancellor and has “a lot to get on with, standing outside the Treasury office soon after his promotion.
Sajid Javid, of Pakistan resigned as Chancellor in a surprise move in one of the biggest campaigning since Johnson won a thumping majority in the December 2019 General Election.
According to trusted sources who were close to the former Chancellor Sajid, he had refused to give in to Johnson’s demand to get rid of all his special advisers at No. 11 Downing Street, for the advisory teams of No. 10 and 11 Downing Street are working more closely aligned as one team. It came to know that there are growing tensions within Javid’s team and the Prime Minister’s Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings.
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As already it is aware that Javid, is replaced by Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys Narayan Murthy who was till now Javid’s junior is promoted as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and it is also seen as a figure of rising star within the Cabinet.
Sunak, as soon as he takes charge of the second most important government position as the finance minister will be moving into No. 11 Downing Street, next door to the Prime Minister’s office.
As soon as he is on duty, he has to work very hard as the UK Budget is due to be tabled next month March 2020. The Prime Minister and Chancellor are traditionally seen as playing a leading role in British politics, working close together and also living as neighbours on Downing Street.
Downing Street said in the official announcement on the elevation of the three-time MP that Queen has been courteously delighted to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Rishi Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Sunak, had married to Murthy’s daughter Akshata, he had first entered the UK Parliament in 2015 and very fast risen up the Conservative Party ranks as an excellent Brexiteer who had back Johnson’s strategy to leave the European Union (EU).
Sunak had campaigned Leave in the EU referendum, and his constituency voted 55 per cent Leave. He had voted for former Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on all three occasions, and was an early supporter of Johnson.
Sunak is ever seen as a rising star in the traditional Party, with approval from people including former traditional leader Lord Hague of Richmond, who has portrayed him as an “exceptional individual”.
❒ Rishi Sunak’s Past
Rishi Sunak belonged to a very prestigious family. His father was a National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner (GP), and his mother was a pharmacist. They were the emigrants from Punjab to the UK along with Sunak’s grandparents.
Rishi Sunak was born in 1980 in Southampton in Hampshire, and studied at the exclusive private school Winchester College. Sunak then went on to Oxford University to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics; he had also studied for MBA at Stanford University. A tried and trusted route for would-be Westminster politicians said by the BBC.
Sunak said during the Brexit referendum that when he was working in his mum’s tiny chemist shop he got experiences for building large businesses; he had seen how one can support and bring innovations to ensure Britain has a stronger future. He had also co-founded a 1-billion pound global investment firm and has a great perspective and knowledge in investing in small British businesses before his entry into politics.
He has a firm belief that small businesses in the UK would flourish as a result of Brexit as the “vast majority of British businesses (94 per cent) don’t have anything to do with the EU; but they are still subject to all EU law”.
He became a house minister in 2018, before being promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Johnson last July 2019. He was also the frontline minister chosen to stand in for the Prime Minister during the BBC’s seven-way debate ahead of December’s General Election.
On his website, he always thanked his parents’ great sacrifice so he could attend good schools.
He said, he was lucky to study at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University. That experience changed my life and because of this he was passionate about ensuring everybody has access to a great education.
He had been lucky to live, study and work internationally. He had met his wife, Akshata, in California where they had lived for a number of years before returning home. Sunak and Akshita have two daughters, who always keep both of them very busy and entertained while playing cricket, football and watching movies.
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Alok Sharma, an Indian-origin MP, was also promoted to the post of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This is what it has always been referred as London has the most “desi Cabinet in UK history”. The 52-year-old Agra-born Sharma, MP for Reading West, was International Development Secretary beforehand, a department set to be revamped going forward. Another Indian-origin MP, Goan-origin Suella Braverman, 39, got a promotion in the Cabinet reshuffle. She was appointed as the Attorney General.