Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday defended his Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's
participation in a TV comedy show saying he should be allowed to earn his living 'honestly'.
Speaking to a TV channel, the CM said quashed reports of any controversy over the issue of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s participation in The Kapil Sharma Show after taking over as minister in his Cabinet.
Captain Amarinder said in a TV interview that he personally felt Sidhu should be allowed to make his living by continuing to earn through TV shows, if that was his main source of income.
“How does one live without adequate income?” asked Captain Amarinder Singh, adding, “Do they (those opposing his TV shows) want to make ministers corrupt (by stopping them from earning their livelihood)?”
The CM said he did not know the legal position in the matter, and would wait for the state Advocate General’s report, but he did not personally think there was any conflict of interest, as stated by the Attorney General of India in a TV interview.
Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier said he had no objection to Sidhu continuing to appear on television but would change his Culture portfolio if that was in conflict with his TV shows.
Sidhu has been in news over his involvement in a comedy show despite being a Cabinet minister. The cricketer-turned-politician maintains he earns his living by working in the comedy show and would spare time for it without compromising his responsibilities as a Cabinet minister.
“I have no liquor, sand mining or transport business like former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. I earn a living through TV shows and I will be in Chandigarh from Monday to Thursday and in Amritsar from Friday to Sunday. What I do at night should not be anyone’s concern. I will take first flight back to Punjab after TV shoots in Mumbai,” he said on Wednesday.