NEW DELHI: Anil K Antony, son of former Union minister AK Antony, on Wednesday quit Congress over ‘intolerant calls to retract a tweet’ on the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sharing his resignation letter on Twitter, Anil wrote, “I have resigned from my roles in Congress – as the convener of KPCC Digital Media and as the national coordinator of AICC Social Media and Digital Communications Cell.”
I have resigned from my roles in @incindia @INCKerala.Intolerant calls to retract a tweet,by those fighting for fre… https://t.co/hyiQH1Zd05
— Anil K Antony (@anilkantony) 1674618935000
“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,” he said.
In the letter, Anil said that he has his own unique strengths which would have enabled him to contribute effectively to the party in several ways.
“However, by now I have been made well aware that you, your colleagues and the coterie around your leadership are only keen to work with a bunch of sycophants and chamchas, who would unquestionably be at your beck and call,” he mentioned in the letter.
Anil said there were many reasons for his resignation, but the main one was the attacks on him on social media following his tweet of Tuesday against the documentary.
He said that his tweet which was neutral was misinterpreted and shown in a bad light and thereafter, people started calling him to either retract it or change it.
“I said that is not possible. However, after 8pm, abuses were hurled at me on my Facebook page by many party workers. I have not deleted them. I was disheartened to see the levels to which the party culture has fallen,” Anil said.
“I am not leaving the party, but I am not taking up any party positions,” he added.
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Anil Antony, on Tuesday, came out against the BBC for interfering in the matters of the country, in the wake of the broadcaster screening a documentary on PM Modi.
“Despite large differences with BJP, I think those placing views of BBC, a state-sponsored channel with a long history of prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the brain behind the Iraq war, over institutions is setting a dangerous precedence, will undermine our sovereignty,” Antony said in a tweet.
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“No matter whatever internal differences we may have, we should not let that be exploited by external agencies to create division in the country,” he said.
– With agency inputs
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