Infuriated over repeated walkouts by the Bharatiya Janata Party legislators from the Vidhan Sabha, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said the Opposition cannot be allowed to hold the House to ransom.
"The Opposition's behaviour is against parliamentary democracy," the CM said in the House after the BJP legislators walked out amid sloganeering.
"I have not become the chief minister because of Prem Kumar Dhumal or the BJP. It's the people of the state who have given the mandate to the Congress," he said, adding that he was not afraid of anybody. Singh said he would continue to raise his voice within and outside the House and, if need be, would even tour villages against the Opposition's propaganda.
Singh took a strong exception to the sloganeering against him and said he was being targeted personally by the Opposition legislators. He said the Opposition's behaviour reflected growing frustration, as his government had ordered a probe into the allegations mentioned in a chargesheet submitted to the President by his party colleagues.