Rishi Sunak: Rishi Suna’s wife, Akshata Murthy, made her first campaign appearance.

New Delhi:

India-born former British finance minister Rishi Sunak, the frontrunner in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, was joined by his wife Akshata Murthy at a rally yesterday. Akshata Murthy, who made her first appearance during her husband’s campaign, was accompanied by the couple’s daughters Krishna and Anoushka.

“Family means everything to me. So grateful to have the support of my family at yesterday’s event in Grantham,” Rishi Sunak said as he posted photos from the high-tension event in Grantham, venue for birth of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“Don’t doubt, I’m the underdog,” Mr Sunak said during his speech.

Akshata Murthy, daughter of NR Narayana Murthy, founder of Indian IT company Infosys, has been targeted for months for using her non-domiciled UK resident status to avoid paying tax while her husband was Chancellor of the UK.

Richer than the Queen of England?

Akshata Murthy’s personal wealth – from Infosys dividends – was used to attack Rishi Sunak even before he started his campaign for the post of British Prime Minister. Several outlets claimed Ms Murthy was wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II, an accusation that helped opponents of Rishi Sunak build his image as someone detached from the problems of ordinary Britons.

“My values ​​are Thatcherites. I believe in hard work, family and integrity. I am Thatcherites, I present myself as Thatcherites and I will govern as Thatcherites our society and our culture,” asserted M Sunak in an article at the start of his campaign.

Is Rishi Sunak close to the breaking point?

Rishi Sunak, whose resignation sparked a revolt in his party against incumbent Boris Johnson, forcing the latter to quit amid scandals, has so far led every round of voting among Conservative Party lawmakers, slashing the overwhelming field to two candidates – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

Members of the ruling Conservative Party will vote for a successor and the announcement of the party’s new leader – the next UK Prime Minister – will be made on September 5.