Blow to Congress, AK Antony’s son resigns after opposing BBC documentary Modi

Veteran Congress leader AK Antony’s son Anil resigned from all his party posts on Wednesday, upset by ‘intolerant calls’ and ‘abuse’ from party supporters over his tweet against the controversial TV documentary. BBC on the Gujarat riots in 2002.

Anil K Antony’s resignation came a day after his tweet in which he said that despite differences with the BJP, those who support and place the views of the UK broadcaster and former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the “mastermind behind the war in Iraq” on Indian institutions sets a dangerous precedent.

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The tweet led to an onslaught of criticism from Congress workers on social media, prompting Anil to resign as Digital Media Officer of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and National Coordinator of the Cell. of AICC’s social media and digital communications. post a “redacted version” of the letter on Twitter.

“Intolerant calls to take down a tweet, by those who fight for freedom of expression. I refused. Facebook wall of hate/abuse by those who support a trek to promote love! Hypocrisy, your name is! Life continue…”, Anil tweeted with a “redacted version” of the letter. He said he thought it would be appropriate for him to step down from all of his congressional roles, given the events of Tuesday.

His father AK Antony did not comment on Anil’s action when approached by Kerala media, saying reporters should have the sense not to seek reactions when he was attending a wedding ceremony .

However, he did not win the support of senior MP Shashi Tharoor, whom Anil had backed when his father sided with Mallikarjun Kharge in the Congress presidential election, as he found the young leader’s views to be “immature “. “The national security and sovereignty of the country are not that fragile. They will not be affected by a documentary,” Tharoor said.

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Kerala Youth Congress leader and MP Shafi Parambil said Anil’s resignation was ‘very essential’ and he should check whether he was ‘sincerely carrying out’ the responsibilities that had been given to him. were assigned by the party.

While thanking the Kerala party leadership and Tharoor in particular in the letter, Anil said that he had his own unique strengths which would have enabled him to contribute effectively to the party in several ways.

“However, by now I have been well informed that you, your colleagues and the coterie around your leadership wish to work only with a group of sycophants and chamchas, who would no doubt be at your beck and call. C “has become the only criterion of merit. Unfortunately, we don’t have much common ground,” he said in the letters written to the department heads of AICC and KPCC.

Although he did not resign from the party’s first membership, which he took in 2017, he said he would prefer to pursue his “other professional activities without being fed this negativity, and being involved in these stories. destructive, many of them against the very fundamental interests” of the country. “These, I firmly believe, will end up in the dustbin of history in time,” he added.

Speaking to reporters here, Anil said he had many reasons for resigning but it was mainly the attack on social media by party workers for his comments on the documentary which criticizes Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Claiming his tweet was “neutral” and “misinterpreted”, he said people had started calling him to retract or edit it; he refused to do so.

“After 8 p.m., many party employees threw insults at me on my Facebook page. I did not delete them. I was disheartened to see how the party culture had fallen,” said Anil, adding that it is difficult for someone. with his educational and professional qualifications to function in an environment with such a “poor culture”.

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