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'I Am Hindu, Draw Inspiration From My Faith': British PM Rishi Sunak Visits Temple While Campaigning For Elections

Bhuvan Krishna

Jun 30, 2024, 12:16 PM | Updated 12:16 PM IST

Rishi Sunak while campaigning
Rishi Sunak while campaigning

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty recently visited London's iconic BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, also known as Neasden Temple, as part of their final weekend campaign activities ahead of the general election.

The couple received a warm welcome, with loud cheers greeting their convoy as it arrived at the grand temple. They also performed a puja guided by the priests.

This act of Sunak draws many parallels with the recurring habit of Indian politicians of all sides to visit temples or other religious places of worship before the elections.

Following a tour of the temple and interactions with volunteers and community leaders, Sunak spoke about the inspiration he draws from his Hindu faith.

“I am Hindu, and like all of you, I draw inspiration and comfort from my faith,” said Sunak. He expressed pride in being sworn in as a member of Parliament on the 'Bhagavad Gita', emphasising that his faith teaches him to do his duty without worrying about the outcome.

He attributed his approach to public service to the principles of dharma, instilled in him by his parents, which he also aims to pass on to his daughters.

Sunak highlighted the philanthropic work of his mother-in-law, Sudha Murty, in India, and praised his wife, Akshata Murty, as "the greatest support that any husband could ever have" and "someone committed to a life of service," as reported by the Hindustan Times.

In his address, Sunak thanked the attendees for their support, prayers, and love, acknowledging their backing on the toughest days of his job. He noted the pride of having a British-Asian prime minister and committed to not letting them down.

Sunak also argued that many Indians align with the Conservative Party because of shared values such as education, hard work, and family. His temple visit echoes the campaign strategies of Indian politicians who often seek blessings at religious sites before elections.

Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.

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