Indian-origin Deputy Finance Minister in the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak has been tipped by Conservative Party insiders to helm a new 'economic super-ministry' following a cabinet reshuffle in February, according to media reports.
Sunak, the Conservatives' Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is in line for a promotion to a full cabinet portfolio in the reshuffle, the report said.
It added that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to create an enlarged business ministry which would absorb the international trade department.
One of the original pro-Brexit supporters, Sunak, who has been called the Tories’ “next bright young thing” by the media, had backed Boris Johnson to be the new leader after Theresa May announced she was stepping down in June 2019.
The son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy, Sunak is said to enjoy the confidence of Johnson.
Sunak first won an election from Richmond (Yorkshire) in 2015. He was also the parliamentary undersecretary at the new Ministry of Housing in the Theresa May Cabinet.