Just four days after AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists) and its president Mohanlal announced on Friday that Dileep was asked to submit his resignation to the organisation, a copy of Dileep’s resignation letter indicates that he submitted the resignation of his own accord.
On Friday, at a press meet held in Kochi, Mohanlal had told reporters that he had personally called Dileep and insisted that he submit his resignation. Dileep’s resignation letter does not mention his conversation with Mohanlal.
However, in his Facebook status, Dileep says, “I am releasing this letter because it was not out in the public domain after AMMA’s Executive Committee meeting. I am completely aware that as per AMMA’s bye-laws, I can be thrown out only if the highest decision-making body, that is, the General Body, decides so. I am giving my resignation after a long chat with my older brother Mohanlal. I have given my resignation thinking that no one should try to destroy the organisation in my name.”
Then, Dileep insists, “If a resignation is accepted, it is only a resignation and not my expulsion.”
“I am writing this letter with great sadness,” Dileep, the prime accused in the abduction and sexual assault of an actor in February 2017, begins his resignation letter, dated October 10.
“As you know, I have been blamed and hunted for the last one and a half years for words, thoughts and actions I had never said or committed,” he added.
In his resignation letter, Dileep says, “There is a public perception that all actors are rich; this is untrue. Some actors are poor, and AMMA supports them. There is a need for this organisation to stand strong because it supports such actors in many ways.”
He goes on to acknowledge that those launching criticism at AMMA are doing so because Dileep remains a member. “Those who are trying to make AMMA not exist are actually attacking me.”
He alleged that there was a conspiracy between the press and a faction of people within AMMA who were against him and that this was causing AMMA to splinter. He said that he was tendering his resignation to stop AMMA from splintering due to this conspiracy.
“Because of these people’s actions, we should not allow an organisation like AMMA to disintegrate. Till now, I have been functioning by the rules and regulations of the organisation, and I am keen to see the organisation grow and wish it well. In order to ensure this, l want to take a decision.”
He added, “As there is a group of people living by the contributions of AMMA, the organisation should exist strongly for them and their welfare. In any case, the conspiracy to fracture the organisation and the debates within it should not continue because of me. I hope I was a member of AMMA until this moment. In order to end this debate (within the organisation), I humbly submit this letter as my resignation, which will remove me from the membership of AMMA.”
He signed off the letter by wishing AMMA, its members and office-bearers well.