UK PM Rishi Sunak: Indian-origin sage Sunak, who created history by becoming Britain’s first Indian-born and the youngest prime minister in Britain’s 210-year history, faced both praise and criticism on Tuesday. Major media organizations of the country gave different opinions about his leadership. Some lauded him as a “new dawn” for the country, while others questioned his “legitimacy of victory”.
Indian-origin Sunak (42) took over as the British Prime Minister on Tuesday after meeting with Maharaja Charles III. Sunak was elected leader of the Conservative Party on Monday. He has become the youngest Prime Minister of Britain in 210 years. In Britain, on Tuesday, Sunak was the main news of the front page of every newspaper.
Some of the leading newspapers praised Sunak
The Guardian carried a picture of Sunak, 42, the Conservative Party leader, with the headline: “Unite, or you’ll be finished – Sunak’s warning to Tory MPs.” That he is being welcomed like a hero at the party headquarters in London. It has been mentioned in the news that Sunak will be the third Prime Minister within two months and the fifth Conservative (from the party) in six years. “He will also create history by leading the country as the first Hindu,” the news said.
Echoing a similar sentiment, The Mail put its headline, “A New Dawn for Britain”, as well as the newspaper’s sub-headline, “Rishi Sunak Becomes Our Youngest Modern Prime Minister”.
The Sun wrote, “You have strength, Rishi.” Along with this, the newspaper showed him holding a ‘lightsaber’ in the main picture. The Lightsaber is an imaginary sword with a beam of light.
Some media organizations criticized Sunak
Not all media organizations in Britain are happy with Sunak becoming the new prime minister. In a scathing attack on Sunak, ‘The Mirror’ captioned it, “Our new un-elected prime minister but who voted for you?”, describing him as twice as rich as the Maharaja (Charles III) in its main report. That he (Sunak) will now lead the ruthless public expenditure cuts.”
With the headline “The End of Democracy”, Scotland’s Daily Record criticized Sunak more. Sunak has assets worth more than 700 million pounds. Apart from this, he has a bungalow in Yorkshire. Sunak and his wife Akshata also have a property in Kensington, central London.
Some newspapers expressed new hope from Sunak
Meanwhile, ‘The Financial Times’ emphasized the economic challenges that Sunak, a former investment banker-turned-politician, has to face. The newspaper hoped that Sunak would restore confidence in the market.
‘The Times’ outlined Sunak’s warning to Conservative Party lawmakers that “failure to address differences will result in the end of the party”.
The Telegraph said, “The prime minister’s goal will be to unite conflicting factions to end the economic crisis.”
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