With a defiant Navjot Singh Sidhu showing no inclination to drop his links with the very popular The Kapil Sharma Show in favour of his tasks as a minister despite umpteen reminders, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today cracked the whip and threatened to change his ministry – Sidhu is currently the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums, which is considered a low-profile portfolio and flew in the face of Sidhu’s expectations which were as high as the state finance ministry that went to Manpreet Badal, a former Akali Dal man and nephew of former CM Parkash Singh Badal.
From day 1 of taking over as the chief minister of the state, Capt Amarinder Singh has been dropping hints that Sidhu should ideally give up his role in the comedy show or face accusations of having an ‘office of profit.’ On his part, Sidhu is saying that the comedy show is his main source of income and that giving it up would affect his very lifestyle and that his political positions are time-bound and once they are over, there is no guarantee of an income.
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Paying no heed to these pleas, Capt Amarinder today said that he has spoken to a few former bureaucrats at the central level and they have informed him that there is no Constitutional provision that bars people like Sidhu from doing his comedy show. However, he added, “Now, let the attorney general come back with his views.”
However, Capt has indicated his willingness to go to the next level in this tussle and that the cost may be heavy for Sidhu in terms of his position in the Punjab government. He has said that he is ‘ready to change (Sidhu’s) ministry’. Considering that the ministry was virtually a slap on Sidhu’s face initially, the hint is that things will get worse for the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) man.