Punjab's Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday found support from his Cabinet colleague over his decision to
continue appearing in the popular comedy show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’.
The finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal said there was nothing wrong in Sidhu's TV appearance as it's his only source of income. "I am a farmer. By that count, tomorrow I may be asked to leave agriculture as I am a minister now," Badal told reporters after the first council of ministers meeting.
"No work is bad. It's for the individual to do it with honesty. I think Sidhu should continue to appear in the TV comedy show. He has the star power for it. He is a clean man," the minister said.
After assuming charge as minister of tourism, culture and local bodies minister Sidhu on Thursday said he would continue to make television appearances and it wouldn’t hinder his ability to discharge his duties as minister as the shooting for the TV show will be done late in the night.
If people don’t have problem, why do you worry? If I do TV I will leave at 3 p.m. from here (Chandigarh) and will return (from Mumbai) here before anyone wakes up,” he said adding that he would balance both the roles with ease.
In the past when he was the Lok Sabha member from Amritsar as member of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), his wife Navjot Kaur had justified his absence from the constituency for TV programmes saying he works hard to earn his money with honestly and didn't believe in earning money through corrupt means like most politicians do.
Kaur had on Tuesday said even after becoming a minister, Sidhu would continue shooting for the show as such shooting requires only around 6 hours during night of Saturday every week.