Union minister Giriraj Singh on Saturday gave an advice to the people of his Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar to beat up officials with bamboo sticks those who appeared insensitive to their concerns.
The firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader made the remark while addressing a function organised by an agriculture institute in Khodawandpur.
The minister, who holds fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy farming portfolios, lamented that he frequently receives complaints from people that officials concerned often paid little heed to their complaints.
"I say to them, why do you come to me for such small things. MPs, MLAs, village mukhiyas, DMs, SDMs, BDOs... these are all under obligation to serve the people. If they do not listen to you, pick up a bamboo stick with both hands and give a crushing blow on their head," said Singh.
"If even that does not work, then Giriraj shall throw his weight behind you," he said, evoking applause from the crowds even as dignitaries sharing the dais squirmed in their seats.
A BJP leader reacting to the minister's remarks said, "Giriaj Singh is a mass leader who has to be responsive towards public anger. We should take his statement figuratively, not literally."