Bhubaneswar: Indian-origin Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has high chances of becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister. This comes as pressure mounts on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson even from within his own Conservative Party to exit.
As per a major bookmaker in the UK, Betfair, odds are against the current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and he is expected to step down soon. The 57-year-old is facing flak for an alleged drinks party during Britain’s first COVID-19 lockdown until May 2020.
Boris Johnson issued a heartfelt apology at the House of Commons for the breach of lockdown guidelines and Rishi Sunak was conspicuously not present during the convening of house then.
Though Sunak later attempted to quash the rumours by tweeting, “I’ve been on a visit all day today continuing work on our #PlanForJobs as well as meeting MPs to discuss the energy situation.” As per reports, however, the 41-year-old is attempting to distance himself from the party leader.
“The PM was right to apologise and I support his request for patience while Sue Gray carries out her enquiry,” Sunak, who is the Chancellor of the Exchequer since February 2020, said.
Some newspapers have interpreted the timing and content of Sunak’s message of support as lukewarm backing for his boss and neighbour in Downing Street, the BBC reported.