In another setback for the Congress party, Anil Antony, son of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister AK Antony, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union ministers Piyush Goyal and V Muraleedharan on Thursday.
Speaking after joining the BJP, Anil Antony said, "Many of the Congress leaders believe that their duty is to work for a particular family but I believe that my duty is to work for the people. PM Modi has a clear vision to make India a developed country in the next 25 years…".
"This is not about personalities, this is about difference of opinion and ideas. I strongly believe that I have taken the right step. My respect for my father will remain the same," he said when asked if he has consulted his father before joining the BJP.
Anil Antony had resigned from the Congress after his tweet criticising the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Modi triggered a row within the grand old party.
Anil Antony, who headed the Digital Media cell of the Kerala Congress, slammed the Congress leadership for working for a "single family" instead of working for the country.
(With inputs from IANS)