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Rishi Sunak Faces Mockery Over Narayana Murthy's 70-Hour Work Week Remark Following UK Election Defeat

The Labour Party has achieved a sweeping victory in the United Kingdom general elections, leading to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s resignation on Friday following his Conservative Party’s significant defeat, securing only 121 seats out of 650. Keir Starmer, who guided the Labour Party to this decisive win, has assumed the role of the new UK […]

The Labour Party has achieved a sweeping victory in the United Kingdom general elections, leading to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s resignation on Friday following his Conservative Party’s significant defeat, securing only 121 seats out of 650. Keir Starmer, who guided the Labour Party to this decisive win, has assumed the role of the new UK Prime Minister.

Despite retaining his constituency, Richmond and Northallerton, Sunak faces considerable online criticism for the Conservative Party’s electoral setback. This backlash has included online trolling directed at Sunak regarding his father-in-law NR Narayana Murthy’s controversial comment advocating a 70-hour work week to compete with countries like China. Murthy’s remarks, made on 3one4 Capital’s podcast The Record last year, stirred controversy for promoting what some see as an unhealthy work culture and accusations of underpayment at Infosys, the company he co-founded.

Now, Sunak finds himself teased by an X user’s comment: “Rishi Sunak is all set to lose the Prime Minister’s chair in the UK General Elections. Looks like he didn’t follow his father-in-law’s advice about working 70 hours a week.”

Another user posted a photo of the business tycoon and falsely attributed a quote to him saying, “My son-in-law didn’t heed my advice of working 70 hours a week. Look at the outcomes now.”

Another comment stated, “Some highly unreliable sources inform me that Rishi Sunak will now work 70 hours a day to drown his sorrows.”

“A user mocked Rishi Sunak with the comment, ‘Rishi Sunak to work 70 hours a week at his father-in-law Narayana Murthy’s company Infosys, India, after losing UK elections.'”

Another user commented, “Unfortunately, Rishi Sunak believed: My father-in-law’s advice applies only to Indians in India.”

In the UK general elections of 2024, the Labour Party won 412 seats, achieving a decisive majority. Prior to entering politics, Keir Starmer, now the new UK Prime Minister, was a distinguished human rights lawyer and public prosecutor.

At 61 years old, he has become the oldest individual to take office as the UK’s head of government in nearly fifty years.

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