New Delhi: In a big jolt to state Tourism and Culture Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said that he will seek the Advocate General’s opinion if Sidhu can continue to work on TV. After taking charge as Punjab’s chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh in his first interview to leading channel India Today said, “I don’t know what the Constitution says or the law is on this matter. 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 entirely depend on what the legal opinion and then I will bring it to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s notice. Frankly, I don’t know whether it is a conflict of interest. Once I get an opinion from them (advocate general and legal experts), I will have a chat with him,” the Punjab CM told Karan Thapar in the interview.
On being asked about his relationship with Sidhu, the chief minister said, “I have always had a very warm relationship with him and his family. They are Patiala family. The families have known each other a long time.It is only in the political field we have been rivals in last couple of years. I am sure we will get on well, he has given me a lot of respect, I don’t expect any problems from him at all.”
Earlier, while talking to media persons, Sidhu had assured that his working with TV won’t affect his political role. He had said, “If I do TV I will leave at 3 from here and will return here before anyone wakes up.” The 52-year-old cricketer-turned-politician has launched a non-political front, Awaaz-E-Punjab. Prior to that, he had resigned from the BJP and quit his Rajya Sabha membership on July 18.
(With inputs from agencies)