Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi(L), former UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi(L), former UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.PTI, AP

Victories, setbacks part of journey in democracy, must take both in our stride: Rahul Gandhi to Rishi Sunak

In his letter to Sunak, Gandhi hailed the former British prime minister's dedication to public service and commitment to the British people.

NEW DELHI: Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Saturday extended commiserations to the UK's Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak on the party's recent electoral defeat, saying victories and setbacks are inevitable part of democracy and "we must take both in our stride".

In his letter to Sunak, Gandhi hailed the former British prime minister's dedication to public service and commitment to the British people.

"I would like to extend my commiserations on the recent electoral outcome. Victories and setbacks are both an inevitable part of the journey in a democracy and we must take both in our stride," the Congress leader said.

"Your dedication to public service and commitment to your people are commendable. I also deeply value the efforts you made to strengthen the ties between India and the UK during your term in office," he said.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi(L), former UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
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Gandhi expressed confidence that Sunak would continue to contribute to public life with his experience.

"I wish you all the best for your future endeavours," the former Congress chief said.

On Friday, Keir Starmer became the UK's new prime minister and vowed to rebuild Britain, hours after his Labour Party secured a landslide victory in a general election in which the weary voters inflicted a "sobering verdict" on Rishi Sunak-led Conservatives.

The Labour Party secured 412 seats in the 650-member House of Commons, up 211 from the 2019 elections.

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