New Delhi, Jan 29: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Power RK Singh has courted controversy at a function in Bihar’s Bhojpur after he threatened to slit throat of corrupt officials. While addressing the special village development campaign organised in his constituency, Singh told officials that development work in the village would be allotted through transparent tendering system.

Uske tender me aur nirman me pardarshita hogi aur jo nirmaan hoga wo uchch koti ka hoga. Chuki isse hamara naam juda hai. Isme kahi bhi koi gadbadi hogi to uska gala kaat diya jaayega, us par case kar denge, jail bhej denge. (Only those schemes would be passed which would benefit all. There would be transparency in the tender and construction. My name will be involved in whatever work will be done, so if there is any wrongdoing then I will slit throat of wrongdoer, lodge case against him, and send him to jail),” the minister threatened.

Senior level officers of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and other senior officials of different departments were present when Singh made the controversial remark.

Defending Singh’s controversial statement, an Arrah BJP leader told a leading daily that the Union Minister only used a local expression and a proverb to suggest his intentions to take stern actions against the tainted officials.