Temporary monument created on Puri Beach in India to celebrate the new PM – but some suggest it looks more like a former occupant of No 10
An artist in India has created a unique tribute to Rishi Sunak by creating his face out of sand, but some are convinced the art piece more closely resembles someone else.
The temporary sculpture, which was erected on Puri Beach in India’s Odisha, is yet another symbol of celebration cropping up across the country after the Mr Sunak’s appointment.
Sudarsan Pattnayak, a renowned sand artist, created the beach monument himself, which shows a portrait of the current prime minister surrounded by a Union Flag design.
However, a few people have suggested the design looks more like Tony Blair, the former leader of the Labour Party and prime minister from 1997 to 2007.
"Mate, that’s Tony Blair", one observer said on Twitter. Another added: "I didn’t know Tony Blair was serving another term."
Mr Sunak became the UK’s first Hindu prime minister, the first of Asian heritage, and the youngest for more than 200 years at the age of 42 on Tuesday.
His success has been met with applause in India and has been splashed on the front page of their national newspapers.
Mr Sunak has said he is a “proud Hindu”. He swore his oath as an MP on the Bhagvad Gita, a revered Hindu text.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr Sunak, saying: “Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership.”
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