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Anil K Antony, the son of former Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony, announced his resignation from the party on Wednesday morning, one day after dabbling in the controversy over the BBC documentary about the riots in Gujarat in 2002.

Anil K Antony. Image credits: Asianet Newsable

“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 (sic)”, Antony tweeted.

He criticized a BBC documentary in a tweet.

Anil K. Antony stated on Tuesday that those who choose the BBC over Indian institutions are creating a “dangerous precedent” and undermining the sovereignty of their nation. He referred to BBC as a state-sponsored network with long-standing animosities toward India.

He tweeted : “Despite large differences with BJP, I think those in India placing views of BBC, a US state sponsored channel with a long history of Indian prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the brain behind the Iraq war, over Indian institutions is setting a dangerous precedent,will undermine our sovereignty.”

Anil K. Antony, also known as Antony Junior, perhaps has not been as fortunate as his father, AK Antony, who frequently expressed opposing opinions in the past and invariably managed to deal with them without consequence. Anil Antony’s unexpected resignation from Congress serves as yet another illustration of how the term “dissent” has come to mean different things in the Congress of today.

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