Hours after the BJP accused Virbhadra Singh of bribery and money laundering,the veteran Himachal politician threatened to break the cameras of television journalists if they asked him about the allegations.
The Congress issued an apology on his behalf on Wednesday,and Virbhadra himself apologised subsequently.
I will break your cameras. Dont you have any other work to do? a visibly angry Virbhadra told reporters at Ani in Kullu on Tuesday evening. The threat was recorded by cameras and microphones,and broadcast on television on Wednesday morning.
Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit apologised soon afterward. Speaking in New Delhi,he described Virbhadras outburst as unfortunate,and said that sometimes in the midst of election campaign,such things happen under mental or physical pressure.
Dikshit said he did not know the context of the incident,but if anyone is hurt,we apologise.
At a press conference in Shimla later,Virbhadra said he respected the media and was very sorry for his outburst.
I am very sorry. I did not mean to offend anyone. I respect the press. I respect all the media. I know this (asking questions) is your job, he said. I have no hesitation in showing my regret if I have hurt anyone.
The former chief minister said he had had excellent relations with the media throughout his 50 years in public life. There is no other politician more well-mannered than me, he said.