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Who is Rishi Sunak?

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—British ruled India, Indian to rule British—

Born in Southampton, a port city in England, to Indian parents Yashvir and Usha Sunak, Rishi Sunak can be the next Prime Minister of UK.

Releasing a short video on twitter where he starts with speaking about his family’s journey from India to UK, Sunak said: I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister” while using the hashtag #Ready4Rishi. In the video, Mr Sunak focused on the importance of family and his vision for the nation.

Rishi Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy, is among the frontrunners for the top job as the contest begins to find a replacement to Boris Johnson.

Mr. Sunak met Akshata Murthy while studying MBA at Stanford University in California and tied the knot in August 2009.

He entered politics after being elected as Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015. He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on February 13, 2020 months after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson named him chief secretary to the treasury and became the UK’s first Hindu chancellor of the exchequer.

Before joining politics, Sunak worked as an analyst for investment bank Goldman Sachs between 2001 and 2004. He is also the co-founder of a large investment firm, working with companies from Silicon Valley to Bangalore.

He was lauded for the rescue package during the Corona pandemic to the save country from financial failure, including Eat Out To Help Out scheme and Job retention scheme which helped preventing mass unemployment.

Mr Sunak was always widely regarded as the Conservative party’s brightest rising star, the best-known of potential leader to compete Boris Johnson.

However, he faced criticism for not giving enough cost-of-living support to households and collecting hefty fines for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules. Sunak also faced pressure following revelations that his wife, Akshata Murthy, avoided paying UK taxes on her overseas income and that he held on to his US green card while serving in government.

Mr Sunak was a supporter of Boris Johnson’s campaign to become a Conservative leader. But he resigned from Johnson’s Cabinet earlier this week setting off events in motion that ultimately led to his resignation, becoming the highest-profile Tory member of Parliament yet to throw his hat in the ring for the leadership race.

In his resignation letter Sunak said, “… the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognize this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning… In preparation for our proposed joint speech on the economy next week, it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different.”

He also received some negative criticism for the campaign.

“We need to make sure that’s not the end of the British Indian story. There’s lots more we can achieve. There’s lots more we can do. And I’m really excited about the future,” he told reporters last week, when asked if he could go on to be the first Indian-origin Prime Minister of the UK.

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