In the eye of a storm for his "Jadu ki Jhappi" remarks, Sanjay Dutt on Wednesday apologised for the statement, saying the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was just like a sister to him.
In the reply sent to the District Magistrate and district election officer Pinki Jowal through fax last night, the actor and SP leader apologised for the remarks and said it was a mere dialogue from his Bollywood blockbuster Munnabhai series which were used in the rally to spread a message of love in society.
Saying Mayawati was just like a sister to him, Dutt held that the dialogue was from a brother to a sister to strengthen the bonds.
"Even so, if the dialogue has hurt the sentiments of anyone I apologise for it", Dutt said in his reply.
A show cause notice was served to Dutt for his remarks against the BSP supremo during an April 16 election meeting here. The district election officer had given him three days time to file his reply.
Three FIRs have been registered against Dutt for his alleged remarks against Mayawati that he will "give 'jaadu ki jhappi and pappi' (magical hug and kiss) to the people of Pratapgarh, and given a chance he will do the same with the BSP supremo Mayawati".