Angry over Sidhu’s reactions to Pulwama attacks, fans demand his ouster from the Kapil Sharma Show

Entire nation is angry over the cowardly terrorist attack on security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. And now, a large number of people are diverting their anger against the Pakistan sponsored terrorism, towards comedian Kapil Sharma and his show. The reason for people’s anger is not Sharma himself or any of his jokes, but the person who serves as the permanent guest on his show, Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Sidhu, a former international cricketer for India, television personality and cabinet minister in the state of Punjab, recently stoked controversy with a statement in which he appeared to be defending the Pakistan over the recently orchestrated attacks. When asked about his reactions to the attacks, Sidhu reacted saying “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?” He added further, “It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished.”

Sidhu in recent days, has emerged as an ambassador for India-Pakistan friendship. He in recent memory made several visits to the country, where he appeared to be sharing bonhomie with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer in his own right, the Army chief of the Islamic Republic and various other other personalities who are deemed controversial.

Demanding Sidhu’s immediate ouster from the popular show, one twitter user wrote “@KapilSharmaK9 Sack @sherryontopp from your show. Otherwise we will boycott #TheKapilSharmaShow It’s enough. I request everyone to start campaign against Siddhu and against The Kapil Sharma Show. @SonyTV.” Another user said, “#TheKapilSharmaShow Throw out Siddhu,who’s behaviour anti Indian,he has tried to protect Pakistan.41 CRPF PERSONAL killed by Pakistani Terrorist & Siddhu taking their side.Continuation of Siddhu, the enemy of India will cost you dearly, throw Siddhu out.”

Some even threatened to unsubscribe the channel, Sony TV, on which the show airs if Sidhu is not sacked with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Sidhu’s leader and the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amrinder Singh critised the attacks in strongest of words and called for a befitting reply. “Enough is enough … The time for talking peace is over and I think it is time to teach them a lesson, and I hope the Government of India will understand this point and will take it up,” the Chief Minister said. 

The country should condemn the Pulwama terror attack in the strongest possible words, he said, adding this is getting beyond control now. 

In his around 12-minute emotional speech in the House, Singh asserted, “This is becoming too much and if we do not act they may again resort to such misadventure. The time has come for the Centre to understand their (Pakistan’s) designs and give them a befitting response.”