The simmering tension between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu was out in the open again on Sunday with the former accusing the cricketer-turned-politician of damaging the Congress with his 'irresponsible actions' just before polls.
Though Amarinder stressed that he had no personal differences with the Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister, yet he said Sidhu was perhaps 'ambitious' and "wants to be the chief minister".
State Health Minister Brahm Mohindra also slammed Sidhu and said he, along with other cabinet colleagues, would write to the Congress high-command to "restrain Sidhu from damaging the party further".
Hitting out at Sidhu, the chief minister said: "If he was a real Congressman, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances, instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab."
"He is harming the party with such irresponsible actions. It is not his election but that of the entire Congress's," he added.
"Perhaps he is ambitious and wants to be the chief minister," Amarinder said.
The chief minister's statement criticising one of his ministers came on a day when all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab went to the polls.
Amarinder and Mohindra were apparently referring to Sidhu's "rebellious" remarks in Bathinda on May 17, when he appeared to corner the Congress government in the state over the issue of desecration of religious scriptures and questioned why no FIR was lodged against the Badals in connection with the 2015 sacrilege and police-firing incidents.