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When the BJP MP from the holy city of Amritsar decided to join the house of Big Boss, a scripted television show, not many were surprised as Sidhu is known for such clownish antics. However, it was his exit that was surprising as he was not made to leave for any rules of the game but at the behest of his boss and the party president Nitin Gadkari.
Even after becoming a member of the parliament Sidhu continued to act more like a clown than a respected and dignified law maker. He was and is still known for being the loudly laughing jester in the Laughter Challenge than making any sensible statements or interventions in the parliament despite his immense knowledge and a brilliant articulation. Once he was accorded extra time by the then Speaker of the Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee for his wit and brilliance. But over a period Sidhu got too much engrossed in clownish acts than parliamentary performances and not many people in India know that he is not a comedian but actually a member of the parliament.
Sidhu is no ordinary parliamentarian. He happens to be a celebrity for his cricket records in a cricket crazy country. He was, and probably still is, respected for his “Sidhuisms” on or off the field. However, his decision to join the Big Boss did not come as a pleasant surprise to many. Nevertheless Sidhu played the game so well and remained decent and graceful, his participation in such a programme in itself was not in good taste.
Sidhu had fame, recognition and everything. Actually it is the Big Boss which required him more than Sidhu required it and still people started believing that it was the prize money that ran into crores of rupees which was a temptation for this cricketer turned parliamentarian. This was besides a huge amount of money he was already paid for the participation in the show.
A parliamentarian like Sidhu is supposed to inspire people and not to humour and entertain them. A leader should better inspire admiration and respect and not mindless laughter. Sidhu is not just the representative of the people of the holy city of Amritsar and surrounding areas but also represents the parliament as well. He is expected to maintain the grace and dignity that gets automatically attached with this position. Good that Nitin Gadkari, despite his obvious preoccupations with his scandalous allegations, decided to ask him to quit the show and made Sidhu realise that he is no longer a clown but a parliamentarian and he better behave like one.