THE tussle between the PPP and the PML(N) in Punjab triggered by a series of letters Governor Salman Taseer has written to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, seeking his explanation for not running the administration in accordance with the Constitution, as well as his hard-hitting interview with Waqt Television the other day have led the two sides to wash their dirty linen in public. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, known for his mischievous grin and annoying remarks, crossed all limits of decency when he launched a scathing rant against Mr Taseer and accused him of organizing dance and drink parties in Governor House. When the cat's away, the mice can play, they say. Rana Sana took advantage of CM's absence abroad to indulge in a bitter diatribe ignoring the fact that it could adversely affect the already strained relations between the two coalition partners. The Law Minister's outbursts were met with a fairly strong reaction from the Punjab PPP President Rana Aftab and some of his colleagues, though surprisingly enough Party's Senior Minister Raja Riaz simply let the issue go unnoticed during the Punjab Assembly's Wednesday sitting. This indicates that Mr Taseer does not have a strong lobby within the parliamentary party that has been quietly opposing the moves to dislodge the incumbent CM. There is all the more reason for the Governor to avoid interfering in the issues that do not fall in his purview. If at all he has to issue guidelines to the government it should be done in a way that conforms to the established norms of democracy. At the same time the Punjab's ruling leadership should try to redress the genuine complaints of its coalition partners which relate to the delay in holding of cabinet meetings as well as driving the PPP against the wall by not accommodating their points of view.