Congress leader AK Antony's son, Anil K Antony, quit the grand old party over "intolerant calls to retract tweet" on the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This comes a day after he voiced concerns over the documentary critical of PM Modi.
"I have resigned from my roles in @incindia @INCKerala. Intolerant calls to retract a tweet,by those fighting for free speech. I refused. @facebook wall of hate/abuses by ones supporting a trek to promote love! Hypocrisy thy name is! Life goes on. Redacted resignation letter below (sic)," Anil tweeted attaching his resignation letter.
"Considering the events from yesterday, I believe it would be appropriate for me to leave all my roles in the Congress - as the Convener of KPCC Digital Media, and as the National Co-coordinator of AICC Social Media and Digital Communications Cell," he wrote in his resignation letter.
"I am sure that I have my own unique strengths which could have enabled me to contribute very effectively to the party in several ways. However, by now I have been made well aware that you, your colleagues, and the coterie around the leadership are only keen to work with a bunch of sycophants and chamchas, who would unquestionably be at your beck and call. This has become the lone criterion of merit. Sadly, we don't have much common ground," Anil added.
Anil K Antony thanks party leadership
The senior Congress leader's son also extended his gratitude to Kerala state leadership, Dr Shashi Tharoor, along with countless party workers, for supporting and guiding him throughout his brief stint in the party.
"I would prefer to continue my other professional endeavours without being fed this negativity, and being involved in these destructive narratives, many against the very core interests of India. These I strongly believe will end up in the dustbin of history with time," Anil stated.
Earlier on Tuesday, January 24, Anil had condemned the BBC documentary which was critical of PM Modi.
"Despite large differences with BJP, I think those in India placing views of BBC, a British sponsored channel with a long history of India's prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the brain behind the Iraq war, over Indian institutions is setting a dangerous precedence, will undermine our sovereignty (sic)," he had tweeted.