Britain’s desi cabinet: Top 3 posts in UK cabinet go to Indian-origin ministers

Rishi Sunak, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015, was appointed to one of the senior-most positions as finance secretary, reflecting a meteoric rise within the Conservative party.

Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, takes over from Sajid Javid, who resigned as Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out the first reshuffle since winning a large mandate in December 2019.

Sunak, 39, who has a background in business and finance and was the chief secretary in the Treasury, takes on a role equivalent to the finance minister in India. He was first elected in 2015 from Richmond, Yorkshire.

Also promoted is Alok Sharma, who is the new business secretary. Priti Patel, another Indian origin cabinet minister, stays as the home secretary, which is another top role in the UK government.

The appointments mean that three of the top cabinet jobs in the Johnson government are held by Indian origin ministers.

Suella Braverman (nee Fernandes) of Goan origin is the fourth person of Indian origin to hold a top post in the Johnson government. Suella Braverman was appointed attorney general and will attend cabinet meetings.

Rishi Sunak will be in-charge of steering the UK’s finances as it seeks to forge a new path in the post-Brexit world. His immediate is to present the next budget in March.

The new appointments mark a new record for the 1.5 million strong Indian community’s participation in British politics since the late 19th century, when Dadabhai Naoroji became the first Indian to be elected to the House of Commons.

As James Cleverly, chairman of the Conservative party said at a recent Republic Day event, Johnson is leading the “most desi government” in British history.

Sunak, who is married to Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata, soon came under fire from the opposition Labour, which called him Johnson’s “stooge” in the Treasury department. He succeeded Javid, who became a victim of politics linked to Johnson’s close aide, Dominic Cummings.

Source : Hindustan Times


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