Navjot Singh Sidhu sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show over remarks on Pulwama attack, IFTDA confirms
It’s official. Fans will no longer see Navjot Singh Sidhu on that special chair among the audience on The Kapil Sharma Show. The Indian Film And Television Directors Association (IFTDA) released a statement that confirmed Navjot Singh Sidhu's removal from the show. The statement added that their mother body Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has requested Sony Entertainment Channel to terminate his services from the popular show hosted by Kapil Sharma. The move comes after the 55-year old politician and television personality made ‘unsavoury’ comments about the recent horrific terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed over 40 CRPF jawans.
A day after the terror attack, one that Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for, PTI quoted Navjot Singh Sidhu as saying, “Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished. For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?” It was this comment that irked fans and authorities. While fans demanded that he be sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show, there was also a call to drop him from the Punjab government cabinet where he serves as Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums.
Navjot Singh Sidhu did, however, find support in Kapil Sharma. Sharma had said that "These are very small things, or can also be a part of propaganda. I feel banning someone or sacking Navjot Singh Sidhu from the show is not the solution. We need to look for a permanent solution." It looks like the IFTDA, which has also announced a blanket ban on Pakistani artistes, has taken the final call.