Wife’s domicile, blood money, green card, more


For the first time in UK history, a politician of Indian descent will sit in the Prime Minister’s chair, and the historic victory has broken too many records. The leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, Rishi Sunak is 42 years old, and after his victory, he became the youngest Prime Minister in the history of Great Britain. As soon as it was revealed that Rishi Sunak would soon be sworn in as British Prime Minister, millions of his followers across the world showed him immense love.

Citizens of the United Kingdom are very excited about Rishi Sunak’s reign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On the internet, we have already seen many politicians giving him their support and their best wishes. However, in the midst of all this, a series of past controversies over Rishi Sunak have once again made headlines. However, before diving into his controversial life, let’s take a quick tour of his personal life and the much-discussed Indian origin.

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s connection to India, his wife and children

Starting with the parents of Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister’s father, Yashvir Sunak was a National Health Service GP in the UK, while his mother, Usha Sunak, was also a pharmacist and ran a pharmacy. The Prime Minister comes from a humble background, which is one of the many reasons why so many people look up to him around the world. It was in 2009 when Rishi Sunak married Akshata Murthy, daughter of Indian multi-billionaire and founder of Infosys, NR Narayana Murthy.

The couple are blessed with two daughters, Krishna Sunak and Anoushka Sunak. Now, without further ado, let’s get to the list of some of the most discussed controversies surrounding the life of British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak!

#1. When Rishi Sunak revealed he had no ‘working class’ friends

In the BBC documentary, Middle Classes: Their Rise and Sprawl, Rishi Sunak revealed many pages of his personal life. However, the one revelation that kept this documentary alive in the minds of every British citizen was the comments he made about his circle of friends. When Rishi Sunak was asked to share some details about his circle of friends, the current British Prime Minister made it clear that he has no working class friends. The statement caused a huge backlash among politicians across the country. In his words:

“I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper class, I have friends who are, you know, working class. Well, not working class.”

#2. When Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy gave up her non-domicile status

One of the biggest controversies in Rishi Sunak’s life was when he raised the public tax burden, as people speculated that he did so in order to give his family tax deductions. . For the uninitiated, Akshata is the daughter of tech giant, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, but does not have Indian citizenship after marrying Rishi. However, she would still have paid £30,000 a year in order to maintain her non-domicile status in the UK.

Well, the advantage of a non-domicile status is that Akshata Murthy does not pay taxes on his earnings in the foreign country, India. But, after huge public outrage and constant pressure from the media, Rishi Sunak’s wife dropped her non-domicile status.

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#3. When Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy was accused of collecting blood money in Russia

The Russian-Ukrainian war divided the whole world into two parts, and the respective sides made several decisions. Regarding the UK, Rishi Sunak had urged all companies in the country to stop investing in Russian companies. Not only that, the politician had also praised companies like BP and Shell for withdrawing their investments from the Russian market.

However, the call hit back at Rishi Sunak, after people started accusing his wife, Akshata Murthy, of collecting her dividends from her father, Narayana Murthy’s company, Infosys, which was actively working in Russia. It was a complicated situation for Rishi and his wife, Akshata, as the British people had begun to accuse them of collecting “blood money” from Russia, which was then at active war with Ukraine.

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#4. The controversy over Rishi Sunak’s green card

According to multiple reports, Rishi Sunak had been chancellor in the UK before becoming prime minister and held a green card. For the uninitiated, a green card allows a person to work and live in the UK permanently. However, if the reports are to be believed, Rishi Sunak is said to have received a lot of tax benefits as he was a green card holder.

#5. When Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was trolled for not being able to use contactless payment

Earlier this year, a clip of Rishi Sunak making a payment at a store went viral on the internet. In the highly viral clip, Rishi could be seen buying a can of coca-cola and trying to pay with a contactless card. However, he needed help using it, which gave some people a huge opportunity, who were quick to troll him for not knowing how to make a contactless payment. While some people voiced their opinions in favor of it, many were divided.

The hopes of so many rest on the shoulders of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and it will be interesting to see if he delivers on his promises during his reign or not.

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