National Congress Party (NCP) workers forcefully shut all shops in Solapur and Nashik shouting slogans condemning the attack on the 71-year-old minister who was coming out of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) auditorium after attending a literary function on Thursday.
Businessman in Pawar's birthplace observed bandh or strike to show their protest against the attack on Pawar. NCP workers also blocked national highways at Mumbai-Pune way.
"In a democracy, such attacks are condemnable. One can protest using non-violent means but such an attack cannot be justified," said Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse.
All top political leaders, starting from Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh to Mulayam Singh to Narendra Modi, condemned the violent act of Harvinder Singh.
However, Pawar denied to comment on the issue and requested his party men to stay quite and not to attack any people over the incident. Though he criticised Anna Hazare stating that no Gandhian can support any kind of violence.
Pawar's comment on Hazare came after listening Anna's respond about the attack on him (Pawar). The anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare is hogging the limelight when he said, "He was slapped? Was he slapped only once?"