As the questions are still flying thick and fast over the conflict of interest issue regarding new Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s desire and intention to go ahead and keep working for the The Kapil Sharma show despite getting the responsibility of running a ministry, the man himself lost his cool today and gave a peremptory and brusque reply to the mediamen’s demands that he should indicate how he would serve the public and whether his TV stint will hurt the interests of the state. Instead of indulging in his good-natured rhetoric as usual, something that he is famous for, Sidhu instead chose to hit back by shooting back, “Should I run bus service like Sukhbir (Singh Badal, the former deputy chief minister of Punjab)?” He also indicated that the job was crucial for him as it had to do with his livelihood itself and that he has no other source of income – the income as a minister is temporary as it will go on for 5 years and thereafter it will depend on whether he retains his MLA’s seat and ministerial position.
Saying that his options were very limited as far as his earnings are concerned and also highlighting his honest, graft-free reputation, he asked, “Or indulge in corruption?” Indicating that certain sections of his rivals were quite jealous of his position and success and also indicating that he is a workaholic, Sidhu asked, “If I work 4 days a month, 7 pm to 6 am why are people getting a stomach ache.” Sidhu had earlier clarified that the Kapil Sharma Show is not a very time-consuming job and that it happens only 4 days in a month and that too stretched over a few hours.
In a Facebook post, his wife Navjot Kaur had clarified earlier that their earnings from other sources, apart from the Kapil Sharma Show, were barely enough to buy tea and snacks for the huge number of guests who arrive at their home. She had virtually hit out at Capt Amarinder Singh for looking to stop Sidhu from doing his show citing conflict of interest clause as well as for not being able to devote enough time to his ministry and that it threatened their very livelihood.