Mumbai : In another major blow to Congress in Maharashtra, Bollywood actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday forwarded her resignation to the party head. Her decision to resign from the Congress comes merely five months after she joined the party in March ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Citing petty politics as the reason, Urmila Matondkar was quoted as saying, “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 her statement, Matondkar accused the party of overlooking the concerns she had raised in a letter to former 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.
The 44 year old actor had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North seat as a Congress candidate. Urmila Matondkar had taken on senior BJP leader Gopal Shetty.
The actor alleged in the letter that some of the persons named on her letter for “shoddy” performance of the Congress in Mumbai North were rewarded with newer positions. Matondkar also 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 organization for betterment of the party.”