A K Antony's son resigns from all Cong posts following uproar over tweet against BBC documentary


Anil K Antony

Thiruvananthapuram: Anil Antony, the son of former defence minister AK Antony, resigned from his posts in Congress, a day after he condemned BBC's controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Anil had been the national coordinator of the AICC social media and digital communication cell and the digital media convenor of KPCC.

On Tuesday, Anil tweeted: "Despite large differences with BJP, I think those in India placing views of BBC, a (UK) state-sponsored channel with a long history of India prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the brain behind the Iraq war, over Indian institutions is setting a dangerous precedence, will undermine our sovereignty."

However, his remark was against Congress's stand on the matter. Congress called Union Government's action "imposing censorship" for blocking the documentary on social media. Even Rahul Gandhi during his 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' in Jammu questioned the Centre's move.

In Kerala, KPCC announced the screening of the BBC documentary on the occasion of Republic Day. Further, their students' wing, Youth Congress, also announced screening in educational institutions across the state.

The BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujrat riots was criticised by the Ministry of External Affairs. It termed the documentary as a propaganda piece lacking objectivity and a reflection of the colonial mindset.

Last week, the Centre directed the blocking of multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary.

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