Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): Anna Hazare on Thursday offered to apologise to union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over his comment on an attack on the Nationalist Congress Party leader in Delhi.

Reacting on the incident, Hazare, who has for long held politicians responsible for much of the ills of the country, had said: "Was it only one slap?"

"He (the accused) could have been angry, but it is not right to hit someone. Our democracy does not allow such attacks," he said.

Clarifying his stand, Hazare said that he was addressing a group of people when he received a note about the attack on Pawar.

"After reading the note, I just wanted to know if the attacker stopped after the slap or there was some other kind of violence," Hazare explained.

"However, if it is perceived that I have said something wrong, I am ready to apologise," he added.

(Agencies)