Rishi Sunak, the Indian-origin British MP who got elected as the Finance Minister of the UK on Thursday, expressed his gratitude on Twitter.
I am honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My predecessor and good friend Saj did a fantastic job in his time at the Treasury. He was a pleasure to work with and I hope to be able to build on his great work going forward.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 13, 2020
Rishi is a self-made millionaire and is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s daughter. Previously, he was a banker at Goldman Sachs before being appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid’s deputy.
He appreciated Javid in his Tweet and expressed his pleasure in working with him. Sunak wrote, “I am honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer. My predecessor and good friend Saj did a fantastic job in his time at the Treasury. He was a pleasure to work with and I hope to be able to build on his great work going forward.”
Rishi Sunak is all set to shift to No. 11 Downing Street, which is right next to his office, for taking up the new role he has been assigned.
A former Brexit minister, David Jones appreciated Rishi by describing him as “very bright” and an “excellent choice”. Sunak will be required to present the budget for FY20 by the 11th of March, giving him less than one month to prepare it.
After the rejig, three Indian-origin MPs have made their way to some of the top positions in the UK’s cabinet. Alok Sharma was on Thursday promoted to the post of secretary of state for business, energy, and industrial strategy. Previously, he served as the secretary of state for international development. Priti Patel is another Indian-origin MP at a prominent position in the UK cabinet. She was assigned the post of Home Secretary by UK’s President Boris Johnson last year.