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Ex finance minister Rishi Sunak widens lead in UK PM race, 115 Tory MPs support him, only 4 candidates left

By Priyanka Verma 
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UK: Indian-origin Rishi Sunak has gone one step further in the race for the post of Prime Minister of Britain. He has not only won in the third round, but he remains in the first position by getting 115 votes in this round. A total of 357 votes were cast for the third round. In the 3rd round, Rishi’s rival Penny Mordent came second with 82 votes. At the same time, Liz Truss is at number three with 71 votes. In this round, Cami Badenoch is at number four with 58 votes. Tom Tugendhat, who got 31 votes, is out of the race for the post of PM.

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Till Thursday, only two candidates will be left in the fray. By September 5, the winning candidate will take the oath of office as the new Prime Minister, replacing the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson. MPs will keep voting until only two candidates remain, the winner then being decided by the party members.

Let us tell you that Rishi Sunak, a British politician of Indian origin and who was the Finance Minister in the Boris Johnson government, is leading the race to become PM from the beginning. Sunak got 88 votes in the first round of voting. At the same time, he got 101 votes in the second round of voting. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on July 7 he was quitting as Conservative leader after a government rebellion in protest at his scandal-hit administration. He is staying on as prime minister until his successor is announced on September 5.

After Sunak won the third round, the statement of former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was supporting him, came to the fore. He said that Rishi is the most suitable candidate to become the Prime Minister. It doesn’t matter if he is of Asian origin, he has the potential to become the PM and fulfill the responsibility. Hancock further said, ‘I have worked very closely with him (Rishi), he handles problems very well’.

Rishi Sunak is the son-in-law of Narayana Murthy, the former chairman of Infosys. He is an MP from Richmond, Yorkshire. Sunak has been the Chief Secretary of the Treasury before becoming the Finance Minister and has also been the second in command of the Finance Minister. Rishi Sunak is maintaining a good lead after two rounds but there are still many problems in his way. Boris Johnson does not want to see Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister. They are ready to support a candidate other than Sunak.

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