Akshata Murty, wife of former UK minister Rishi Sunak and the daughter of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, is at the centre of a row at a time when her husband has launched a bid to the Prime Minister's post following the unceremonious exit of Boris Johnson. The reason: her crockery choices.
A viral video shows Ms Murty walking up to the journalists waiting outside their home and serving them tea and biscuits.
Hawk-eyed Twitter users were quick to claim that the cups are from a brand named Emma Lacy and cost 38 pounds each.
☕️ After his shock resignation last night, Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murthy brings out a round of tea for journalists waiting for him to show his face. pic.twitter.com/Yt8ldN2aX9— ITV News Calendar (@itvcalendar) July 6, 2022
Big thanks to @RishiSunak's wife who very kindly brought us tea and biscuits outside his house!— Josh Gafson (@JoshGafson1) July 6, 2022
P.S. It was very good tea. pic.twitter.com/VLxasWqf71
A user asked if Ms Murty was trying to copy Mr Johnson's gesture of serving tea to journalists.
"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.
Can't believe Rishi Sunak spends £38 on mugs, Akshata Murthy millionaire trying to copy Bo Jo for? Say what you want about walking tumble weed on legs but at least he had real mugs. ????#GMBpic.twitter.com/QmtQwiD8Wp— Danielle Johnson (@DaniJ94) July 7, 2022
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.
Tone deaf!!! The price of that mug could feed a family for 2 days!! I would e dropped it— Senay (@Plodge2001) July 6, 2022
Hike in taxes and a soaring cost of living was one of the key factors behind public discontent against the Boris Johnson-led government. Mr 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.
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, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.