Indian-origin Rishi Sunak has crossed an important stage in the race for the Prime Minister in Britain. Rishi Sunak has made it to the final round in the race for the post of PM, where he will now face Foreign Minister Liz Truss to lead the party and the country as Prime Minister.
Rishi Sunak is the son-in-law of NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of Indian tech giant Infosys. At this time he is a few steps away from becoming the Prime Minister of Britain. Sunak won by 137 votes in the fifth and final round of voting of Tory MPs, while second-ranked Truss gave a tough fight to Sunak and garnered 113 votes.
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Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt finished third with 105 votes and dropped out of the race for the post of Prime Minister, after which Sunak and Truss are now in the race for the post of PM. Now the campaigning phase will begin and both the leaders will appeal for votes. In such a situation, a tough competition can be seen for the chair of Boris Johnson. 42-year-old former finance minister Rishi Sunak has been on top in every round of voting so far.
Sunak added another 19 votes to his 118 votes polled on Tuesday, thus easily crossing the support mark of 120 MPs to make it to the final round. Sunak and Truss are now gearing up for their first one-on-one encounter in the live TV debate on the BBC on Monday.
According to a report in ‘The Sunday Telegraph’, Sunak was voted the prime minister’s first choice in an open poll conducted by JL Partners amid the ongoing race for the post of PM. Foreign Minister Liz Truss finished second in this race. More than 4,400 people took part in this poll. After the resignation of Boris Johnson, Sunak had presented his candidature for the post of PM.