Congress veteran AK Antony’s son Anil K Antonysun has quit the party alleging “intolerant calls to retract a tweet”, a day after he criticized a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Anil Antony announced his decision to quit on Twitter, sharing his resignation letter.
“I have resigned from my roles in the Congress. 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 wrote.
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. pic.twitter.com/0i8QpNIoXW
— Anil K Antony (@anilkantony) January 25, 2023
Yesterday, Anil Antony called the BBC a state-sponsored channel with a “long history of prejudices against India”, while slamming the BBC documentary on PM Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots.
His view contrasted with that of the Congress in Kerala, which announced that the documentary would be screened in different parts of the state.
The two-part BBC documentary, which claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots, has been slammed by the Ministry of External Affairs as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and reflected a “colonial mindset”.
The opposition has accused the Centre of ordering the blocking of multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary.
Yesterday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on the documentary: “”The truth has a nasty habit of coming out. No amount of banning the press and using institutions like ED (Enforcement Directorate) and CBI against people can suppress the truth from coming out.”