India, Jan. 30 -- The Uttar Pradesh jail minister Jai Kumar Singh on Wednesday said education was not important for politicians, who only needed to be visionaries.

Addressing an event at a college in Sitapur, the minister said, "The educated at times create a bad atmosphere. A leader doesn't need to be educated. For instance, I am a minister and I have my staff. I don't have to run jails. There are prison superintendents, others to do that. All that I have to do is to tell them that good food should be served in jails and focus on management. A leader needs to be a visionary..."

A video of the minister's speech has since gone viral.

The minister, elected on Bharatiya Janata Party's ally Apna Dal's ticket from Jahanabad, however, later ...