Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his “warmest congratulations” on Monday to his incoming British counterpart Rishi Sunak, the first non-white and Hindu to occupy number 10.
“Congratulations @RishiSunak! If you become Prime Minister of the UK, I look forward to working closely on global issues and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of British Indians, as we transforming our historic ties into a modern partnership,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Congratulations @RishiSunak! If you become Prime Minister of the UK, I look forward to working closely on global issues and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of British Indians as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 24, 2022
Mr. Sunak’s victory came on the day that Hindus worldwide mark the beginning of the five-day festival of Diwali – a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
Therefore, just weeks after losing it to Liz Truss to lead the ruling Tories, Mr. Sunak made a stunning turnaround in fortunes.
Penny Mordaunt, the latest rival to leave after Boris Johnson’s dramatic withdrawal, failed to land the needed 100 nominations from her fellow MPs.
“Rishi Sunak has therefore been elected as leader of the Conservative Party,” said senior backbencher Graham Brady, while Mordaunt pledged her “full support” for Sunak.
Addressing members of his party behind closed doors after the announcement, Mr Sunak reportedly received a lavish reception.
“Having him become the first British Asian – indeed the first from an ethnic minority background – to become Prime Minister is a really significant moment,” said Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon.