After courting controversy over his alt145 slap for corruptionalt39remarks, Anna Hazare distanced himself from it saying that he has never advocated violence and accused section of politicians of conspiring to brand him as a ‘big criminal’

New Delhi/ Ralegan Siddhi Calling criticism of his ‘slap the corrupt’remark as unfortunate, Anna Hazare on Friday said that the whole issue has been blown out of proportion by a group of politicians who have been trying hard to tarnish his image, reports IANS. ‘It is a conspiracy against me to tarnish my image. It is not the first attempt… there have been many such attempts in the past too but they have failed each time,’Hazare wrote in his blog.

The 74- year- old, after watching Hindi film ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’on Tuesday, had commented that a person has no option but to slap the corrupt when he runs out of tolerance and patience. His comments drew sharp criticism from several political parties. Hazare said that he never supported or asked people to indulge in violence even during his fast at Ramlila ground in August last year.

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