Sidhu may say, the monetary gain he makes by appearing in The Kapil Sharma Show, helps him serves the people better, but that logic doesn’t make his reasoning palatable.
To this hour, Navjot Singh Sidhu sees no wrong with his remunerative association with the ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. A news report online quotes Sidhu as saying — “The Boss is always correct, but won’t give up TV jobs”.
Courtesy some other reports, Sidhu is taking a legal opinion on the matter.
The entire debate over Sidhu’s presence in The Kapil Sharma Show gained momentum ever since he assumed office as an MLA from Amritsar East on March 12, 2017. The debate heightened with his assuming office of the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums Punjab, last Thursday.
Navjot Singh Sidhu must not see the issue from a total legal perspective
As even when the law allows him to go with his TV show, it’s not good for an MLA or an MP or a Minister to do TV show.
When a person gets elected as a people’s representative, he/she must devote 100 percent of his time to public service. In addition, since people look up to him/her as a role model, hence his public life must conform to the conduct of a role model. A public representative must not only commit himself to public service, he must appear to be doing so. Sidhu may say, the monetary gain he makes by appearing in The Kapil Sharma Show, helps him serves the people better, but that logic doesn’t make his reasoning palatable.
To conclude, conflict of interest cannot be restricted to a people’s representative holding an office of profit. The conflict arises also when his/her presence or endorsement to any product or view, helps the product gain popularity, fans or make money. This is a serious issue to think about because an MP or an MLA, even without a Ministry, is a legislator (maker of Laws).