Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be creating history by appointing the most diverse cabinet ever.
From an Indian perspective, Johnson named three Indian origin members in his cabinet Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak and Alok Sharma.
Priti Patel has been made Home Secretary in Boris’ cabinet. She earlier resigned as International Development minister in November 2017 after protocol breach and until last week she served as a junior Treasury minister.
In 2015, Former British leader David Cameron touted Patel as the first ever Indian-heritage prime minister during a rally at Wembley stadium to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy who is a hardline Brexiteer was made Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
He graduated from Oxford University and Stanford MBA graduate, co-founded a 1-billion-pound global investment firm and specialised in investing in small British businesses before he entered the British Parliament in the 2015 general election.
He was appointed the parliamentary under-secretary of state in the ministry of housing, communities and local government as part of a new year reshuffle last year in Theresa May government.
Former Housing minister Alok Sharma has picked up position of International Development Secretary. Sharma, a Conservative Party MP for Reading West, served as the Housing Minister in 2017 and was later appointed as the Employment Minister in 2018. Sharma has 16 years of working experience in the banking sector.
During his first address as Prime Minister, Johnson said : “We will restore trust in our democracy and we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts.”
“Brexit was a fundamental decision by the British people. We must now respect that decision and create a new partnership with our European friends… The work begins immediately behind that black door and I take personal responsibility of the change I want to see. Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here,” he added before walking into his official office 10 Downing Street.
Johnson in the past described himself as the “son-in-law of India” by virtue of his now estranged wife Marina Wheeler’s Indian mother – Dip Kaur, has stressed that the UK’s relationship with India must run deeper than just trade.
On India-UK relations Johnson has gone on record saying he would want to stich a new trade deal with New Delhi, and build a “truly special” bilateral relationship and a “personal relationship” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, the opposition has demanded that Mr Johnson call a General Election and promised to table a motion of no confidence in him “when it is appropriate to do so”.