Janmashtami 2022: UK PM candidate Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata visit ISKCON temple

Published on Aug 19, 2022 02:01 AM IST

According to a survey, Sunak is currently trailing fellow Conservative Party leader Liz Truss by 32 points in the race to become the UK's next premier.

Rishi Sunak and wifr Akshata Murty (Twitter/@RishiSunak)
Rishi Sunak and wifr Akshata Murty (Twitter/@RishiSunak)
By, New Delhi

British prime ministerial hopeful Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, on Thursday visited a temple on the occasion of Janmashtami, which marks the birthday of Lord Krishna.

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“Today I visited the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple with my wife Akshata to celebrate Janmashtami, in advance of the popular Hindu festival celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday,” Sunak said in a tweet, with which he attached an image of the couple offering their prayers at the ISKCON temple in Watford.

The 42-year-old Conservative politician shared the image on his Instagram account as well.

In December 2019, Sunak took oath as a member of the UK's House of Commons with a Bhagavad Gita in his hands; the scripture is associated with Lord Krishna, and is a part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Meanwhile, according to a latest survey, Sunak is trailing fellow Tories member and UK foreign secretary Liz Truss by 32 points (28% vs 60%) in the race to become the island's 78th premier. On September 5, the Conservative Party will announce its next leader, who will succeed Boris Johnson in the position, as well as the prime minister.

Johnson resigned as Conservative Party leader on July 7, but said he would continue as prime minister till his successor was elected by Tory members.

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