The Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress government in Punjab has almost completed two months since it came into power after the 2017 Assembly polls, but party’s Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu still does not have a phone This is so despite having made a promise of reaching out to the pubic or remaining in touch as much as possible. As per an Indian Express report, the cricketer-turned-politician had earlier vowed that he would keep three phones with himself – one each for the media, public and his colleagues. Now even after the party has completed 50 days in office, Sidhu’s phone promise is yet to come true. When this state of affairs is going to end is as yet unclear.
Soon after being sworn in as minister, Sidhu stepped into a controversy for not quitting Kapil Sharma’s comedy show on television. The issue was also taken up to the High Court which later said that code of conduct cannot be imposed on the Punjab Minister. The court, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to restrain Sidhu from working in television shows, had also said that even though it agreed that those in public life should observe some restraint, but in the absence of any statutory provisions, the code of conduct cannot be enforced on Sidhu. Speaking to ANI, advocate Atul Nanda had said, “The court said code of conduct cannot be enforced on Navjot Singh Sidhu, as it only applies to government servants, not to ministers. The matter will be next heard in August to enable the petitioner find something substantive on the issue.”
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“According to court, this is not a subject matter on which PIL can be filed. I can say this with utmost humility, the bench was not satisfied as to whether it can order directions to CM or not,” Nanda added further.
Expressing his point on the issue, Sidhu had insisted on participating as a celebrity-judge and asserted that it was not office-of-profit. “An office-of-profit is when the government is paying you money, employing you or giving you remuneration. A government office is an office-of-profit. This is not,” Sidhu told ANI.