After committing a faux-pas in his reaction to the attack on Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Anna Hazare said on Thursday that he was ready to apologise if his remark was perceived to be "wrong".
"He got slapped! Only one slap?" Hazare had said to a group of journalists at Ralegan Siddhi when he learnt about the attack on Thursday. But later he condemned the attack.
Explaining what he meant by his remark, Hazare, talking to a Marathi news-channel, was at pains to explain the faux pas saying "I was addressing a daily gathering of people when someone sent me a note informing about the attack. I wanted to know whether it was just a slap or there was some other kind of violence."
The social activist said he did not say or mean anything inappropriate when he said "ek hi mara?".
He always believed in non-violent method of agitation, Hazare said.
"However, if it is perceived that I have said something wrong, I am ready to apologise," he said.
Pawar was slapped by Harvinder Singh, a transporter in his thirties, at a public auditorium in Delhi on Thursday.