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UK Indians celebrate Rishi Sunak with Motichoor Laddoos


London’s Indian community handed out sweets when Rishi Sunak became UK Prime Minister

London:

The Indian community in London celebrated Rishi Sunak’s appointment as British Prime Minister by handing out motichoor ladoos. At least 20 kg of ladoos were distributed to people. They got up in no time as the crowd got bigger and bigger.

Mr Sunak, 42, is the first leader of Indian and Hindu descent to hold the UK’s highest office and Britain’s youngest Prime Minister for more than 200 years.

The Indian community has also reacted to the appointment of Suella Braverman as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior. The hardline home secretary resigned last week over a technical breach of government rules.

“Suella Braverman is a talented person but she said inappropriate things about Indians. But people change. Working with Rishi Sunak, I’m sure she will change her mind,” an Indian-born woman told NDTV in London.

An Indian-born man, who was among the crowd celebrating Mr Sunak’s historic rise, said he believed the new prime minister would not raise taxes for ordinary people.

“I don’t think Rishi Sunak will raise taxes. I think he will find a way to get the UK out of its current economic situation,” he told NDTV.

Another man of Indian origin, who said he had lived in the UK for 57 years, said he had never seen the UK in this particular situation before. “But today, Rishi represents a solution for this country, economically,” he said, adding that Mr Sunak will have to make very difficult decisions. “Of course we are prepared for that,” he said.

In his first agenda, Mr Sunak retained Jeremy Hunt as Chancellor of the Exchequer, offering to keep financial markets on the sidelines after former Prime Minister Liz Truss’ budget plans shocked investors, and also withheld its foreign and defense ministers.

Addressing the nation after his appointment by King Charles III, Mr Sunak said the country was facing a “deep economic crisis”. “I will unite our country – not with words, but with actions,” Mr Sunak said, capping the latest extraordinary twist in British politics since July when Boris Johnson quit.

Mr Sunak retained James Cleverly as Foreign Secretary and Ben Wallace in the defense brief, highlighting the stability as well as Mr Hunt’s reappointment.

Just days after being kicked out of Ms Truss’ cabinet, far-right Suella Braverman was reappointed home secretary, responsible for policing and immigration control.

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