Tim Farron, the recently elected leader of Liberal Democrats, has chosen India-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as Indian adviser to the party, to keep up with the vision of making the party more culturally and demographically diverse.
Farron wants the party to have closer ties with the British-Indian community and be more aware of their needs and concerns. It’s also his priority to map out the scope of improvement in Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India. That is where Choudhrie, who has close ties with both countries, will take up responsibility as adviser.
The leader of Lib Dems spoke about his party’s vision, saying, “India is a key strategic partner for the United Kingdom and the British-Indian community contributes so much to our country. I am determined that the Liberal Democrats do all we can to maximise the economic, cultural and social benefit of these relationships.”
At the Lib Dem elections, Farron also stated the need for his party to reach out to the minorities and learn more about the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
On the appointment of Sudhir Choudhrie, he said, “Sudhir has been a committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats for many years and I look forward to being able to draw on his vast business experience, unparalleled network in both the UK and India, and wise political counsel.”
The announcement came close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UK. Farron, too, has made a commitment of visiting India in 2016.
Choudhrie said he was honoured to be serving as adviser: “I have long believed that the Liberal Democrats best embody the internationalist and pro-enterprise values that characterise the British-Indian community. India, with its ever vibrant and expanding consumer market of over 1.2 billion people, and home to more than a quarter of the world’s millennials, is slated to emerge as the world’s third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is thus, critical that both India and UK collaborate on a common agenda of growth and I am honoured by Tim Farron’s decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.”