A day after opposing the two-part BBC documentary on PM Modi, former Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony's son Anil has resigned from all Congress roles.
Anil took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and 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." He also attached his resignation letter.
Anil thanked veteran Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his support during his tenure as the Kerala Congress digital media convenor. In his resignation letter, Anil took a jibe at some of his colleagues and mentioned, "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."
On Tuesday, the controversial BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi helmed the western state was screened across Kerala by various political organisations, including the pro-Left Students Federation of India (SFI) amid protests by the BJP youth wing.
The BBC's "India: The Modi Question" screening prompted protest marches by the BJP's Yuva Morcha across Kerala. However, support came in for the BJP from unexpected quarters as former Kerala CM AK Antony's son, Anil, voiced displeasure against the docu-series.
Opposing the documentary, Anil K Antony Tuesday said that placing the views of the British broadcaster over Indian institutions would “undermine” the country’s sovereignty.
He took to Twitter and wrote, "Despite large differences with BJP, I think those in 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."