NRI businessman Anshuman Mishra, who attacked senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, apologised to the leaders after Arun Jaitley served a legal notice on him.
In a statement, Mishra offered "complete and unequivocal public retraction" of his comments made against the party's leaders and offered his "sincerest apologies".
Mishra had withdrawn from the Rajya Sabha race from Jharkhand after the party-a section of which had been backing him for the post-decided to abandon him following senior leader Yashwant Sinha's objection to his candidature.
A jilted Mishra then went on an allegation-making spree, saying he had funded the party and that Joshi had met 2G spectrum scam accused. Party president Nitin Gadkari had to swing in action to control the damage, rubbishing Mishra's charges.
However, Jaitley served Mishra a legal notice, and fear of legal action seems to have made the businessman take a U-turn, saying he "had no significant association/relationship with the BJP".
However, sections of the BJP clearly feel Mishra had crossed the rubicon in making slanderous allegations, meaning his apology may not cut much ice.
Mishra has said he would not like to be associated with "negative emotions like anger" and it was "high time to focus on positive things". He added he does "not intend to waste the nation's time on this issue".
Meanwhile, Jharkhand deputy CM Hemant Soren of JMM has been meeting BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to get the BJP's 18 MLAs' support for the JMM's candidate Sanjeev Kumar. The BJP had announced in the wake of the Mishra row that its MLAs would abstain from voting in view of horse-trading charges in Jharkhand.