Amarinder Singh's go-ahead to Sidhu: Can do TV if it's main source of income
Singh had made it clear on Wednesday that, in light of the state's fiscal situation, he did not want unnecessary or wasteful expenditure incurred on the swearing-in ceremony. Photograph: (Facebook)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said Thursday he had no objection to his colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu doing his television show, if that is his main source of income.
Sidhu, who holds the portfolios of Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums in the newly-formed state government, has been criticised for his appearance in "The Kapil Sharma Show". He has defended himself by saying that he does TV shows to support his family and run his home.
Amarinder Singh clarified that was waiting for the opinion of the state's top law officer since he was not aware of the legal aspects of the issue.
Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda will reportedly deliver his verdict tonight (March 23) to the Chief Minister.
The Punjab chief minister's personal opinion was that Sidhu be allowed to make his living by continuing with his TV show, an official release on his behalf stated.
"How does one live without adequate income?" the press release said.
It added: Do they (those opposing Sidhu's appearance on the TV show) want to make ministers corrupt (by stopping them from earning their livelihood)?"
The Chief Minister clarified that he did not personally think there was any conflict of interest, as stated by the Attorney General of India.
Amarinder Singh had earlier said he had no objection on Sidhu continuing with his television shows, but would change his portfolio of culture minister if it was in conflict with his show.
(WION with inputs from PTI)