Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaih may be burning the midnight oil to reach out to voters across the board in the poll-bound state, but all doesn’t seem to be well for the Congress which has been ruling the state for the last 5 years. And the reason isn’t BJP for a change.

Despite CM Siddaramaih clarifying multiple times that he will be leading the party in the run-up to the 2018 Assembly election, speculations are still rife as to who would be Congress’ chief ministerial face. And for a party which is battling anti-incumbency, this isn’t good news. The uncertainty over who is to be the next CM candidate has resulted in sharp differences between Siddaramaih and Karnataka Pradesh Congress committee president Dr G Parameshwara.

Though the two Congress heavyweights have denied that a feud exists, home minister Ramalinga Reddy did confirm that there is difference between the two leaders. However, he added a caveat saying that even in BJP, Yeddyurappa and Eashwarappa are fighting.

Stepping into damage control mode, Congress state-in-charge KC Venigopal directed all party men to refrain from commenting on the issue.