Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak is UK finance minister
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He has been replaced by Sunak, who was until now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.