The recently elected Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron has selected India-born businessman SudhirChoudhrie to be his aid as party adviser on India. The decision was made in line with Farron’s ambition to culturally diversify the party.
By appointing Choudhrie, he hopes to learn more about the British-Indian community’s needs and concerns, along with working closely with him to calculate the scope of improvement in Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India.
As part of Tim Farron’splan to increase the diversity of the party, he also said the party should focus on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, because he believes that as a leader, it’s his responsibility to be closer to them.
“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 maximize the economic, cultural and social benefit of these relationships.” Farron said in a statement.
He said choosing Sudhir Choudhrie was an easy decision, “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.”
Farron has also committed to visit India this year.
Choudhrie expressed his delight for being named on that position: “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.”