Alok Sharma, British lawmaker, has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), making him the second Indian-origin minister in Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet.
Alok, 48-year old MP for Reading West, had earlier acted as Infrastructure Envoy for India in the David Cameron led government. Alok was elected again in May 2015 from Reading West after he was first elected to British Parliament in May 2010 from the same constituency.
Alok will collaborate with new foreign secretary Boris Johnson as part of his new post at FCO and is probably going to manage Indian affairs. Meanwhile, Hugo Swire, who earlier held the position, has sent in his resignation to the government along with Sandip Verma, who had acted as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DfID) in the Cameron government. Meanwhile, Priti Patel will assume charge as the new Secretary of State in charge of DfID.
While Priti had supported Britain's exit from the European Union (EU), Sharma stood against the idea and had even established a cross-party group called British-Indians for IN.
The induction of the two in the Cabinet represents Theresa's wide intent to balance her Cabinet with pro and anti-Brexit campaigners as her government commences the process of the UK exiting the economic bloc.