Rishi Sunak, who wants to be the next British prime minister after Boris Johnson, was recently seen worshipping cows in London. This is called gau pooja. On social media, there is a video of the leader of the Conservative Party and his wife, Akshata Murthy, who is also the daughter of the founder of Infosys, NR Narayan Murthy, watching a cow being prepared for an event.
In the video, Sunak and his wife can be seen standing next to the cow and doing an aarti. The former UK chancellor is first seen pouring holy water into the cow’s mouth from a brass tumbler. He gets an earthen lamp (called a “diya”) from the priest who is standing next to the couple as they do the ritual and ask the cow to bless them.
The video on social media went viral and got a lot of attention from Hindus.
A few days after Sunak’s Janmashtami party at the Bhaktivedanta Manor outside of London, the video came out. On his official Instagram account, he put up pictures of the party. In the post, he said, “Today I went to the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple with my wife Akshata.” He wrote this because Janmashtami is a well-known Hindu holiday that celebrates Lord Krishna’s birthday.
The 42-year-old leader who ran No. 11 Downing Street and was the country’s finance minister from February 2020 to July 2022 is one of the two candidates to replace Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as Britain’s next prime minister.
Boris Johnson had to step down as leader of the ruling Conservative Party after many ministers quit in protest over a string of scandals and mistakes. The party is now choosing a new leader. The next month’s party members will choose a new premier by the end of the following month.
Sunak’s campaign to replace Johnson as prime minister got off to a good start after Johnson’s departure shocked many of his colleagues. Polls show that he is now behind in the race, and the way he has handled the pandemic has become his biggest problem. At the time, Truss was the trade minister. She said that she wasn’t involved in making the important decisions and that she would never again let a shutdown happen.
On September 5, the results of the vote that will choose the new prime minister of the country are expected.