Rishi Sunak, a former investment banker and graduate of Oxford and Stanford University, was elected Member of Parliament from the Tory heartland of Richmond in Yorkshire in 2015 and quickly rose from junior minister to finance minister.
On Monday, the 42-year-old leader scaled new heights within the party, though he failed to make full headway in the race for prime ministership in Britain as a man of Indian heritage. The result was closer than expected. Sunak garnered 43 percent of the vote, compared to 57 percent of party members who got her rival Liz Truss.
During the nearly eight-week-long election campaign for the post of Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak said, “We know that the UK-India relationship is important. We represent the living bridge between our two countries.
His approach to bilateral relations has gone beyond an opportunity for Britain to sell things in India and he wants Britain to “learn from India”.
He said, “I want to make sure that it is easy for our students to also travel and learn in India, it is easy for our companies and Indian companies to work with each other because it is not just a one-way relationship, it is a one-way relationship. It’s a two-way relationship, and that’s the kind of change I want to bring in that relationship.”
The former finance minister is expected to continue supporting over 15 lakh Indian diaspora with his own electorate.
Asked what would happen next after the Truss defeat, he said, “I am going to continue as a Member of Parliament … representing my electors as Member of Parliament in Richmond, North Yorkshire does a lot.” It has been a great privilege and I would love to keep doing so as long as he is with me.”
When asked about contesting for the second time in future, he said, “I need to overcome this.”
The father of two younger daughters-Krishna and Anushka-is expected to take some time off for the family for the time being.
Responding to a question, he said, “The biggest sacrifice I’ve made is that I’ve been a terrible husband and father for the past few years. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as present in his life over the years.” As far as I had to be.”
His wife and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and writer Sudha Murthy’s daughter Akshata Murthy had tears in her eyes. His parents, retired doctor Yashveer and pharmacist Usha Sunak also had tears in their eyes.
Sunak had said during the debate on television, “My father-in-law had nothing, just a dream and a few hundred pounds that my mother-in-law’s savings provided him. In addition, they built one of the largest, most respected companies in the world, employing thousands of people here in the UK.”
When the devout Hindu Sunak became an MP, he took oath in the name of Bhagavad Gita in the House of Commons.