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opinion Plot to oust UK PM Rishi Sunak

By Nitin Mehta

February 4, 2024

There are forces who are trying hard to undermine Sunak. They want him out.

After the initial euphoria in the Indian community regarding Rishi Sunak a Hindu becoming the Prime Minister of Britain, it seems like this momentous event has been forgotten. Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that Rishi Sunak becoming the PM of UK is one of the greatest events in modern history. The fight for the Independence of India from the British colonial rule was so intense and so difficult that the freedom fighters of the time—from Gandhiji and Sardar Patel to Subhash Chandra Bose, Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Sri Aurobindo, Dr Radhakrishna, Lala Lajpat Rai and countless others would not have ever imagined that a Hindu would be a Prime Minister of a country which was a global power and supremely confident of its racial superiority. And yet within 75 years of India’s Independence, we have a Hindu running the old colonial world power. One shudders to think what Winston Churchill would have thought of a Hindu PM for his country. As much as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, PM Rishi Sunak is a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Both these figures as well as Hindus in powerful positions in the corporate world or politics on a global level have instilled a spirit of optimism and confidence in the Indian people. Anything is possible for the descendants of Mother India all over the world. It is, therefore, necessary for the Indian community to support Rishi Sunak at every opportunity. There are forces who are trying hard to undermine him. They want him out. A plot to oust Sunak recently has been exposed. Money was paid by a secretive group to the YouGov Poll to conduct a poll on the outcome of the next election. It forecast that the Labour would win with a massive majority. The poll was initiated by a Lord Frost and he has refused to say where the money came from to pay for the poll. The plan was to call for the resignation of Rishi Sunak by highlighting the results of the poll. The poll also concluded that if Sunak were replaced by someone else who would cut taxes, curb immigration and cut the NHS waiting list, Conservatives had a chance of winning the next election. At the same time, some 60 Conservatives rebelled against the government’s Rwanda Bill which wants to send illegal refugees to Rwanda. The conspiracy was that the poll findings and the Rwanda rebellion would bring about a coup in the parliamentary Conservative party and unseat Rishi Sunak. However, the plan failed spectacularly as no one backed Sir Simon Clarke, a supporter of the last PM Liz Truss, who called for a change of leadership.

Rishi Sunak has proved himself to be an outstanding leader who has stabilised the economy, brought inflation under control. He has successfully reduced the refugees coming from Albania. He has ambitious plans to overhaul the NHS and to cut taxes. He has a rare ability to handle difficult issues with aplomb. He has a chutzpah and is not scared of taking bold decisions. He has famously brought back former PM David Cameron, a strong anti-Brexiters, to the cabinet. Rishi Sunak has successfully solved the Northern Ireland crisis and the Stormont parliament will be back in action soon. Rishi Sunak’s parliamentary performance, his fearless approach and an ability not to be fazed by anyone are the hallmark of an exceptional leader. He has empathy where required, he has humility when in the midst of people and he has a steeliness when required. We now know he fasts for 36 hours every week and keeps fit. He is an enigma. Let us all remind ourselves at every opportunity that we in Britain have a Hindu Prime Minister and we should back him all the way at the next election.

Nitin Mehta

Feb. 4, 2024

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