WATCH UK PM contender Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty serving tea-snacks to waiting mediamen

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Akshata Murty, wife of former UK health minister Rishi Sunak and the daughter of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, is at the centre of a row for serving tea to waiting mediamen in costly teacups.

Sunak is a key contender for the post of UK primer minister following the unceremonious exit of Boris Johnson. The reason for her criticism is her crockery choices. A viral video shows Ms Murty walking up to the journalists waiting outside their home and serving them tea and biscuits.

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Hawk-eyed Twitter users were quick to claim that the cups are from a brand named Emma Lacy and cost 38 pounds each. Hike in taxes and a soaring cost of living was one of the key factors behind public discontent against the Boris Johnson-led government.

Sunak, then UK Chancellor, had come under criticism over the rise in taxes. The Opposition had also targeted him over the non-domicile tax status of Ms Murty.

“Can’t believe Rishi Sunak spends £38 on mugs, Akshata Murty millionaire trying to copy Bo Jo for? Say what you want about walking tumble weed on legs but at least he had real mugs,” a user tweeted.

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Another accused her of being “tone deaf” and said the cost of the mug could feed a family for 2 days. “Tone deaf!!! The price of that mug could feed a family for 2 days!! I would’ve dropped it,” the user tweeted.

A user asked if Ms Murty was trying to copy Mr Johnson’s gesture of serving tea to journalists.

Ms Murty, 42, who is still an Indian citizen, has a net worth of about $1.2 billion owing to her stake in Infosys Ltd., founded by her father Narayana Murty.