The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday registered a thumping victory in the Karnataka by-elections, winning 12 out of the 15 Assembly seats, and secured a comfortable majority in the House.

Siddaramaiah said he will be sending a copy of his resignation to Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Earlier on Friday, the Congress party opposed India signing the RCEP agreement, saying it will be the "third big jolt" to the Indian economy after demonetisation and GST and will result in liberalising Chinese imports to the Indian market.

Shah had triggered a political row on Saturday when he had said that it is important the country had one language reflecting its identity and only Hindi could unite the country.

The person whom Siddaramaiah slapped is Naadnally Ravi who is also a former village Panchayat member.

A massive search operation involving multiple teams of police forces along with the Coast Guard and NDRF was being carried out since Tuesday to locate Siddhartha

Following the fall of the coalition government last Tuesday in a trust vote, Yeddyurappa met the Governor this morning to stake claim to form the Government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state President BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as Chief Minister between 6.00 to 6.15 PM today.

Making an emotional opening statement, Kumar also reiterated his "non-partisan" commitment towards the post occupied by him and said that he will take an impartial decision irrespective of attacks aimed at him.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the MLAs, told reporters, "In view of trust vote kept for tomorrow, the Supreme Court has said two important things - the 15 MLAs will not be compelled to attend the House tomorrow. All the 15 MLAs are given the liberty that they may or may not go to the House tomorrow."