Bollywood actress-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday announced her resignation from the Congress 168 days of association and 110 days after losing Lok Sabha polls.
Urmila blamed the internal fighting in the Mumbai unit of the Congress for her decision to quit. “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,” Urmila was quoted by news agency ANI.
Urmila had joined the Congress on 27 March amidst much fanfare. The Congress had declared her its candidate in the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai North parliamentary seat. But she lost to the BJP’s Gopal Shetty from here.
After her defeat, she had written to the then Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora blaming some of the aides of her senior party colleague Sanjay Nirupam for her defeat. Her letetr to Deora was later leaked in the media.
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The 44-year-old actress, according to India Today, said that she was disappointed that no action was taken against those mentioned in her letter. She said, “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.”
Nirupam had hit out at Deora for leaking Urmila’s confidential letter addressed to him. He had taken to Twitter to write, “Young leader who desires to stabilise party at national level has released copies of complaint letter of an LS candidate to media houses to publish it. It was addressed to him against party workers after election. Is this the way he is going to adopt to stabilise the party.”
Deora has since resigned from his post as the president of the Mumbai Congress.