Actor-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Resigns From Congress :- On Tuesday, an additional setback held to the Congress in Maharashtra, as the Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar resigned from the party on September 10.
Urmila Matondkar Resigns From Congress
The decision of Urmila Matondkar to resign from the Congress comes just about five months after she joined the party in the month of March in advance of the Lok Sabha elections.
The 44-year-old actor Urmila Matondkar was cited as saying by news agency ANI, mentioning petty politics as the reason, “My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a mean to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress.”
She had contested in the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North seat as a Congress candidate but was not successful in achieving the victory. Urmila Matondkar had taken on senior BJP leader Gopal Shetty.
Urmila Matondkar had joined the Congress in the month of March where she states that she was here to stay and is not going to leave after the elections.
Urmila at that time had said as she was welcomed by the then Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, “I am here because I believe in the ideology of Congress and what the party stands for. I have not joined the party for the sake of elections,”
In one of her statement, Matondkar also accused the party of supervising and managing the concerns she had raised in a letter to prior Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on May 16. “…the said letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media which according to me was an act of blatant betrayal,” she said.
Matondkar on Tuesday also hit out at some leaders of the party deprived of naming them and stated “some of the persons specifically named in my letter for the shoddy performance of INC in MUMBAI North were rewarded with newer positions instead of holding them accountable for their acts and omissions”.
She also further added, “However, it is obvious that the key functionaries of Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for betterment of the party.”
The actor said “My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a mean to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress”.
In one of her statement, Urmila said the thought of resignation came to her after no act was taken on the matter of her letter in which she had disapproved close assistants of senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam.
“To my utter dismay, the letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media which according to me was an act of blatant betrayal. Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests,” Urmila Matondkar said in her statement.