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AK Antony's son quits Congress, refusing to retract tweet over BBC documentary

On January 24, Anil in a tweet had said the documentary is setting a dangerous precedence and undermines India’s sovereignty.

January 25, 2023 / 02:48 PM IST
Anil K Antony

Anil K Antony

A day after opposing a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader AK Antony’s son, Anil K Antony, resigned from party posts on January 25 over “intolerant calls to retract a tweet”.

On January 24, Anil in a tweet had said the documentary is setting a dangerous precedence and undermines India’s sovereignty. His statement came at a time when opposition parties, including Congress, are criticising the Centre for banning the film.

“I have resigned from my roles in Congress and Kerala Congress. Intolerant calls to retract a tweet by those fighting for free speech. I refused. Facebook wall of hate/abuse by ones supporting a trek to promote love! Hypocrisy thy name is! Life goes on,” Anil tweeted on January 25.

In his resignation letter, Antony wrote, “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.”