Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and corporate honchos congratulated Rishi Sunak, who is set to become Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian descent.
Bommai told reporters late Sunday in Shiggaon in Haveri district that the British have ruled India for more than 200 years and that they never expected such a great development.
Today, Indians are elected MPs in several countries. Now Rishi Sunak has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Great Britain. The wheel of fortune has turned completely, he thought.
Sunak, 42, won the race to lead the Conservative Party on Sunday and is poised to become Britain’s prime minister.
Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi said: “I think it’s a proud moment because Rishi Sunak is from India. I wish him every success.”
Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skills Development, Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of parliament from Karnataka, congratulated Sunak on his appointment as prime minister, but said he is taking responsibility at a time when all of Europe is experiencing a crisis. difficult time.
“I met him (Sunak) in person. He is a very capable person,” Chandrasekhar said.
Meanwhile, former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also congratulated Sunak in a series of tweets.
“Congratulations to Sri @RishiSunak, Senior Leader of the Conservative Party and elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. He is connected with our Karnataka. I am overwhelmed by the election of Sri Rishi Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys founder Sri NR Narayanamurthy & Smt Sudha Murty,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.
“I am confident that Sri Rishi Sunak will lead Britain effectively and help get its economy back on track,” he added.
With Sunak “the son-in-law of Bengaluru” set to become Britain’s prime minister, people in the city called it a historic moment and a sign of a mature democracy.
Sunak is married to Akshatha Murthy, daughter of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty.
Business people expressed their happiness about the development.
Kamal Bali, president and director of Volvo Group India, said it is a joy for a person of Indian descent to become Prime Minister of the UK.
“The rise of Rishi Sunak shows that everyone has a chance in a democratic setting. It is a good sign, which also shows that competence matters in a democratic country,” Bali told PTI.
Former Infosys Chief Finance Officer V Balakrishnan called it a historic moment.
“It is a historic moment. Britain shows the world that a migrant can also become prime minister of his country. It is a sign of a mature democracy, Balakrishnan said.
He also said it is good for a person of Indian descent to become prime minister there.
Former Infosys director and Padma Sri awardee TV Mohandas Pai said it was a matter of joy for a 42-year-old to become UK Prime Minister.
Former president of the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jacob Crasta said it is a matter of great pride for Indians as a person of Indian descent becomes the prime minister of the country that ruled India for 200 years.
“It’s a pride for us Bengalis as Bengaluru’s son-in-law will become the UK’s Prime Minister,” Crasta told PTI.
He went on to say that the development is good for India as it will pave the way for British technology to come to the country.
Crasta, who is chairman of CM Envirosystems, was also optimistic that the rise of Sunak will help India and the UK sign the free trade agreement, which will pave the way for major economic ties between the two nations.