‘Diwali gift for India, UK’: Hopes pinned on Rishi Sunak likely to become PM today

From runner-up in the election six weeks ago, British Indian-born politician Rishi Sunak became the runner-up to become the UK’s next Prime Minister when former Prime Minister Boris Johnson quit. race for the leadership of the Tory.

Even as the possibility of Sunak being declared Prime Minister of the UK draws near, many Indians are delighted, hoping for a second Diwali gift following India’s historic victory over Pakistan in the world cup match. T20 was brought by none other than Virat Kohli and his 82 undefeated record. at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.

Boris Johnson pulled out of the race for prime minister late on Sunday, boosting Sunak’s chance of winning the top job and replacing Mr. Conservative leadership rival Liz Truss, who quit after an month and a half when her support disappeared.

Sunak’s growing likelihood to become prime minister has made the front pages of most Indian newspapers – along with the Indian cricket team’s victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup match. T20 late on Sunday.

Some Indians say on social media that Sunak becoming prime minister this year will be extra special as India recently celebrated 75 years of independence from British colonial rule.

“This (Diwali) is very special to India’s great cricket win and most likely, Rishi Sunak, a native of India, a Hindu and son-in-law of our own Narayana Murthy, become prime minister of the UK,” Chennai resident D. Muthukrishnan wrote on Twitter, referring to the founder of Indian software giant Infosys Ltd.

“Rishi Sunak was sworn in as an MP on the (Hindu holy book) Bhagavad Gita. If he repeats the same thing when he is sworn in as prime minister, it is India’s day, also. as in our 75th year of independence from Britain.”

Former British finance minister Sunak, 42, is a Hindu and known for organizing the festival of lights. He was also photographed lighting candles outside 11 Downing Street to mark the event.

Indians are often extremely proud when people originating from the country of 1.4 billion people do well abroad, including figures like US Vice President Kamala Harris, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Some Indians are hoping for closer Anglo-Indian ties if Sunak becomes prime minister.

“@RishiSunak becoming UK Prime Minister would be a great Diwali gift to the UK and a reason to celebrate in India,” former Indian diplomat Rajiv Dogra wrote on Twitter.

The Sunak family emigrated in the 1960s to Britain, which ruled India for about 200 years before the South Asian nation gained independence in 1947 after a long struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.

It was revealed that Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy, an Indian citizen, has not paid UK tax on her foreign income through her “non-resident” status – for foreign nationals who do not consider Britain to be British. their permanent homeland – leaving Sunak vulnerable before his race against Truss in the summer.

Murthy, who owns a 0.9% stake in Infosys, later said she would start paying UK taxes on her global earnings.

(With input from Reuters)

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