We all know about the Sunil Grover-Kapil Sharma spat that happened mid-air while they were on a flight from Melbourne. It turned ugly as Sunil aka Dr Mashoor Gulati hinted at leaving The Kapil Sharma Show via a tweet. And while the rumours have not rested yet, there seems to be another problem for Kapil.
It is likely that Navjot Singh Sidhu might leave the show as well. He has been sworn-in as one of the cabinet ministers in the newly formed Punjab government, and there are speculations of him leaving the comedy show soon. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been appointed as Minister for Tourism and Culture in addition to other portfolios, has always maintained that his ministerial role will always get his full focus.
But there are many different things that are being said about him quitting the show. While several things are being said about it, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was asked about the same. He said that he will seek legal opinion on Navjot Singh in the show. He said –
‘We will have to ask our Advocate General to give us an opinion… whether a person who is a minister can do what he wants to do. It will depend entirely on what legal position is’.
Soon after the election, Sidhu was asked about whether he will continue with the comedy show, and he gave a clear answer. He said –
‘If I have won six elections in the last 12 years and if any other celebrity has managed to do the same, tell me. This means people who have voted for me are with me. If people do not have a problem why do you have a problem? Do you want me to turn politics into a business, do you want me to short sell myself?’
Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur, also opened about the same on Facebook, and defended the choice of her husband, saying that he does all the TV work on Saturdays. She wrote –
‘Shooting for two shows takes only five hours a week and that also mostly on Saturday night. I think it is a meager time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic’.
Capt Amarinder Singh, meanwhile, complicated the situation further and said that television falls under the ambit of culture and he is not even sure if Sidhu’s appearance in the show is a conflict of interest. He said –
‘Frankly I do not know if it is a conflict of interest and whichever way the Constitution looks at it. Once we get that opinion, I will have a chat with Navjot Singh Sidhu. One cannot do things which are against the Constitution. He is also my minister of culture which covers all these sorts of (TV) programs.’
Meanwhile, former MP and lawyer RK Anand said that legally, there is no bar for Sidhu if he wants to continue but morally and ethically he shouldn’t do it.
What do you think?