In a clear display of infighting within the Congress, again over Lok Sabha poll tickets, party leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Wednesday slammed Captain Amarinder Singh after she was denied Amritsar ticket.
Calling the Punjab chief minister 'Junior Captain', she said that he should respect women.
"I was denied ticket after our CM sa'ab & Asha ji had specifically said that I can't win from Amritsar. If I'm working for party, at least don't have such small heart and brain that when you can see the larger picture that country needs to be saved from Modi and bring... My message was Captain sa'ab should respect women. You talk of women reservation, then consider them. When educated leaders like me, ready to serve others come, it's decent to tell us that someone's better so it's being done but don't deny us tickets by lying," she said
Earlier, Navjot Kaur Sidhu had staked claim to the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat but the party chose former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal over her as he has been a four-time MP from Chandigarh.
However, Sidhu has said that she prefers work from where she lives and that she is not "a flying leader", owing to which wanted to fight from Chandigarh where she has a home.
"We have homes in Chandigarh, Patiala and Amritsar. I can't make more homes and I am not a flying leader. One must be available from morning to evening, people do not accept if you that is not the case. I work daily and want to work from a place where I can show my work," she said.
After the Central Election Committee (CEC) decided to field Pawan Kumar Bansal from Chandigarh for the fifth time, visibly upset Sidhu had also spoken about being denied the seat
In Amritsar, the Congress has pitted sitting MP Gurjit Singh Aujla against the SAD-BJP nominee Hardeep Singh Puri.
The Amritsar constituency was represented by her husband and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as a BJP leader on three occasions. Her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu, too, had claimed last year that it was Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who was his captain, taking a jibe at Amarinder Singh.
Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats will go to the polls in the last phase on May 19.
(With PTI inputs)