BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter
New Delhi: Congress party spokesperson Manish Tewari on Thursday regretted his comments on veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare. Taking u-turn on corrupt Anna remark, Tewari apologized to anti-graft crusader and urged him to end the 10-day long fast.
Offering a statement of applogy to Anna Hazare, Tewari said: “I know some of my recent utterances have hurt Mr Hazare. I regret the same and I would like to appeal to him as a citizen of this country to end his fast. In democracy, there is always room for discourse, there is always room to sit and talk, and if any of my utterances have caused those that anguish, then I regret the same.”
“You know, in the cut and thrust of political discourse, at times certain things get said inadvertently, which cause hurt, anguish and pain,” he said.
Before Anna began his fast against graft, Tewari had accused him of being corrupt “from head to toe.” Tewari had said Hazare himself was involved in corruption. “The Sawant Commission ripped apart the moral core of Hazare as it found him steeped in corruption from head to toe,” the Ludhiana MP had said.
He had also alleged that Team Anna comprised “armchair fascists, overground Maoists, closet anarchists funded by invisible donors.”