BANGALORE, July 31 � Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, indicted by the Lokayukta in illegal mining scam, resigned today ending three days of defiance and favoured sitting Lok Sabha MP DV Sadananda Gowda as his successor.
After giving anxious moments to party central leadership, which had asked him to step down immediately, 68-year-old Yedyurappa submitted his resignation to Governor HR Bhardwaj amid high drama and claimed he was accused �unfairly� on illegal mining issue.
He walked the two-km-long distance from his Race Course residence to Raj Bhavan along with over 60 MLAs and ministers to submit his one-line resignation letter to the Governor who immediately accepted it.
�We have proposed the name of DV Sadananda Gowda as Chief Ministerial candidate,� Yeddyurappa told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.
Yeddyurappa, known for his skills as a survivor and credited with bringing the first ever BJP rule in the South, said he was �quitting happily and with satisfaction�.