Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Su­nak is UK fi­nance min­is­ter

The Hindu Business Line - - FRONT PAGE -

Lon­don, February 13

In­dian-ori­gin politi­cian Rishi Su­nak was ap­pointed as the UK’s new Fi­nance Min­is­ter on Thurs­day by Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son in a Cab­i­net reshuf­fle.

Su­nak, son-in-law of In­fosys Co­founder Narayana Murthy, will join Home Sec­re­tary Priti Patel on the top gov­ern­ment bench as the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer.

Ear­lier, Pak­istan­io­ri­gin Tory Sa­jid Javid re­signed as Chan­cel­lor in a shock move in one of the big­gest shake-ups since John­son won a thump­ing ma­jor­ity in the De­cem­ber 2019 gen­eral elec­tion.

He has been re­placed by Su­nak, who was un­til now

Javid’s ju­nior as the Chief Sec­re­tary to the Trea­sury and seen as a ris­ing star within the Cab­i­net. The 39-year-old is set to move into No. 11 Down­ing Street, next door to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice as he takes charge of the sec­ond most important gov­ern­ment po­si­tion.

“The Queen has been gra­ciously pleased to ap­prove the ap­point­ment of Rt Hon Rishi Su­nak as Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer,” Down­ing Street said in the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

The MP for Rich­mond in York­shire, mar­ried to Murthy’s daugh­ter Ak­shata, first en­tered the UK Par­lia­ment in 2015 and has fast risen up the Con­ser­va­tive Party ranks as a staunch Brex­i­teer who backed John­son.

Rishi Su­nak

REUTERS

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