With Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president's post up for grabs after Dinesh Gundu Rao's resignation, it is reported that Kanakapura MLA DK Shivakumar, former CM Siddaramaiah and Ramalinga Reddy are lobbying for the coveted post.

The rift between the leaders is said to have reached Delhi circles and the high command is likely to announce the new KPCC president post Sankranti.

Siddaramaiah is viewed as an outsider by many. Several long-standing Congressmen are jittery about his style of functioning and want either Shivakumar or Ramalinga Reddy to grab the post.

"DK Shivakumar has been a troubleshooter for Congress, he deserves the top post. About Siddaramaiah, the party made him CM, so many leaders are demanding Shivakumar should be made the next KPCC president," said an MLA close to DK Shivakumar.

Congress spokesperson Kengal Shreepada Renu denied any rift in the party and said this lobbying is not limited to Congress and is present across all political parties.

"If at all the party thinks to accommodate major communities, there is an option before them. DK Shivakumar and Vijaynagar MLA M Krishnappa are both Vokkaligas and Ramalinga Reddy too belongs to a major community," said Renu and added that the rift among Karnataka Congress is only "media portrayal".

I am not in race, says Ramalinga Reddy:

As social media campaign for Ramalinga Reddy as the next KPCC president hots up, former minister and BTM MLA, R Ramalinga Reddy denied that he is also in the race for such a post. 

"I cannot have control over the WhatsApp message. Personally speaking, I am not interested in any post now," said Ramalinga Reddy.