Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday reiterated his wish to continue with his work on popular TV programme The Kapil Sharma Show. "What I do after work hours is no one’s business,” he said. "Sometimes I work all seven days from early morning till 6 pm. So what I do after 6 pm is nobody’s business. It’s not an office of profit.”
"I have left 70 to 80 per cent of work in television entertainment industry... I do office work from 9 am to 6 pm... What I do at night is nobody's business," the Congress minister said.
Yesterday, Capt Amarinder Singh said he will seek legal opinion after Sidhu made it clear that he will continue his role as a celebrity-judge on a popular TV comedy show.
"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," the Punjab chief minister said.
Speaking to the media outside his office on Tuesday, Sidhu said, "On what Captain Amarinder Singh has said, all I have to say is that the boss is always right. However, office of profit only concerns government positions. Kirron Kher (BJP leader) goes and shoots programs for 11 months. I, on the other hand, have stopped my work with the IPL and I have given up 70-80% of the TV shows I did. From 9 am to 6 pm, I will carry out my duties as a government servant. As long as I am in office by 9 am, it should be nobody’s business what I do after 6 pm. I think nobody should have any interest in this. What I do is my profession, my passion, my interest and my work.”
As he invited criticism for saying he will continue to appear on the show, his wife and former state legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu came out in his support.
In a Facebook post, Kaur on Sunday said her family had no other source of income but television, and undue hype was being created over the issue.
"Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. When I was working as an MLA, my electricity bill and tea for guests cost more. We have no other business or source of income except television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.
"Shooting for two shows (of the comedy show) takes only five hours a week and that also mostly on Saturday night. I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic (sic)," she wrote.
Sidhu took charge as the Punjab minister of tourism, culture and local bodies on March 16.