For the first time, UK PM Boris Johnson conducted a cabinet meeting on Thursday and held reshuffle. In the latest reshuffle, Infosys co-founder Ramarao Narayana Murthy’s son Rishi Sunak has been appointed the new Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister). Rishi has replaced Pakistani Chancellor Sajid Javid. Further, Alok Sharma was appointed as the new Business Secretary. With this, PM Boris Johnson’s Cabinet now consists of three Indian MPs.
As per reports, the reshuffle came just few weeks before Javid was about the unveil the UK budget on March 11. Javid has been serving as Chancellor for 8 months. The main agenda of the budget was too out government’s tax and spending plans.
Apparently, Rishi Sunak (39) is close to PM Boris Johnson. Meanwhile, Alok Sharma (51) is presently serving as the secretary of state for international development. His designation changed to secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.
The UN big-ticket climate summit, COP26 is due for November in Glasgow. As per reports, Alok Sharma will be the president of the summit.
Previously, Sharma was the Indian prime minister’s infrastructure envoy in 2016.
Along with Rishi Sunak and Alok Sharma, another Indian, Priti Patel is now part of the British Cabinet as the new Home Secretary as the PM reshuffles his cabinet. This makes three Indian MPs in the UK cabinet.
Last July 2019, Johnson selects Priti Patel as the new Home Secretary in his cabinet. Following which, her close friend and External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar congratulated her.
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