Urmila Matondkar quits Congress, cites petty in-house politics: Five months after joining the Congress, actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar resigned from the party on Tuesday. She has cited “petty-in-house politics” within the Mumbai unit of the Congress as a reason for terminating her services to the party. In a statement, the 45-year-old actor said that her party was using her as a means to fight in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress. She added that her political and social sensibilities did not allow vested interests in the party to use her.

During Lok Sabha elections 2019, Matondkar contested her maiden elections from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat. She had lost the contest to BJP veteran Gopal Shetty. In the statement, she further referred to a letter written to the then Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora on May 16 in which she had slammed the associates of senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.

Soon after Deora resigned as the party chief in Mumbai, the letter written by Matondkar was released in the media in July, which later sparked a controversy within the party. In her statement, Matondkar called the entire matter “an act of blatant betrayal”. She further added that in spite of her repeated efforts, no actions were taken against her complaint.

In her statement, she also alleged that some of the party members who did not perform well in the elections were rewarded with newer positions instead of keeping them accountable for their acts and omissions. She concluded her statement saying that she would continue to work for people to the best of her capacity with honesty and dignity.

 

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