Sidhu may have to stop TV shows if he wants to retain tourism ministry: Amarinder Singh

File photo of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, India Mar 22, 2017, 02.25 PM (IST)

Punjab's newly-elected Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said Wednesday that he may change his colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu's portfolio if the state's top law officer so advises.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has often been criticised for his appearance on the popular TV show "Comedy Nights with Kapil (2013–16) and now on The Kapil Sharma Show (since 2016).

Asked about his cabinet minister's decision to continue with the TV show, the chief minister said that people could have professions and run their own businesses, the government had asked the state's top law official for an opinion.

"He is earning his own keep. What objection can we have to someone earning his own money by his own means? People can have professions and run businesses. However, we have asked the Punjab Advocate General Ashok Aggarwal for an opinion and may change Sidhu's portfolio as Culture and Tourism Minister, if we are advised to," he said.

Amarinder Singh also said he would ask Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appoint someone else as the state party president since, as the chief minister, he could not handle both posts.

"Let Congress president Sonia Gandhi return. I will request her to choose someone else since I, as the Chief Minister of Punjab, cannot handle both the positions."

Amarinder Singh is on his first visit to the national capital since taking charge as chief minister.

He is holding a series of meetings with government's top brass.

He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and asked him to extend the farmers' loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh to Punjab. 

"I mentioned the debt waiver issue to the Prime Minister. It was an extension of the demand we made earlier when we had gone to meet the Prime Minister as part of a Congress delegation led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. I said the debt loan waiver should be extended to Punjab farmers along the lines of Uttar Pradesh," Singh said after his meeting.

This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after becoming the chief minister.

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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