CHANDIGARH: In a significant development that may end Navjot Singh Sidhu's career as a TV star, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he is seeking the opinion of the Attorney General of Punjab, Atul Nanda, to see if Sidhu's decision to continue with his work in TV entertainment programmes involves a conflict of interest or contravenes the rules of government.
"Obviously you can't go against the Constitution of the country. Also, he is my minister of culture (and this portfolio) covers these sort of programs. I am waiting for the opinion of the Advocate General," Amarinder Singh said in an interview on a national television channel.
In his first reaction to Sidhu's insistence that he will not stop working in comedy shows and other sundry programmes in the entertainment industry, Amarinder Singh said, "I don't know what the Constituional provision or rule is in this matter. We will be asking the AG or the Legal Remembrancer (LR) whether a minister can do (such programmes on TV) as Sidhu wants to do. It will depend on the opinion I receive from the AG."
Sidhu had come in for some strong criticism after he suggested that he will split his time between his ministry in Chandigarh and a punishing shooting schedule in Mumbai. The cricketer-turned-motormouth commentator-turned politician-cum-entertainer-cum-professional laughter machine on Kapil Sharma had even said he will catch a plane every evening to Mumbai and will return to Chandigarh in the morning.
A senior minister said Amarinder Singh is very unhappy with the turn of events as Sidhu's insistence and media headlines have taken away the shine from the first designed-for-headlines Cabinet meeting that had taken a number of decisions aimed at catching the public imagination. "In fact, because of Sidhu's insistence about continuing to work in Mumbai, we made news for all the wrong reasons," the minister, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.