Reacting to chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh seeking legal opinion on local government and tourism minister Navjot Sidhu’s participation in The Kapil Sharma Show, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu told a news channel in Chandigarh that the show was their only source of income as Sidhu had left all cricket commentary assignments.
“Yet, if the Punjab advocate general office finds any illegality, he will leave the show. Our daughter is studying in London. We too have expenses to take care of,” said Kaur, who earlier represented Amritsar East segment in the Punjab assembly, now represented by her husband.
Kaur has also courted controversy over attending an official meeting with her husband. She defended it by saying she has been a MLA and knows the problems of urban areas and was only sitting behind Sidhu at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Sidhu said: “Amarinder is the boss and the boss is always right. He would be worried as a father figure. I have left all commentary for the Indian Premier League. I only do one TV show. I have gone through the entire Supreme Court ruling. It clearly states the minister should not be appointed at any other government position, the government should not have a right over his position and remuneration, he performs no function of the government and the government should not have any control over his functions. Where is my TV show in conflict with this rule?”
Sidhu took a flight to Mumbai on Monday evening from Chandigarh, shot for The Kapil Sharma Show and was back in his office at 9.30am on Tuesday.
NOW, GOVT WILL BE GOING TO PEOPLE, SAYS SIDHU
On being asked that a government office is usually full of people seeking services, but his is not, the new local bodies and tourism minister says: “Earlier, people came to the government, but now, the government will go to them.” But how would that happen if cannot be approached directly over a mobile phone?
“I have got three new mobile numbers. I will be getting three new phones too — one for the media, one for MLAs and one for people of my constituency. You will find me sitting in this office from Mondays to Thursdays and in my constituency from Fridays to Saturdays,” he said.