Urmila Matondkar, an actor turned politician who recently joined the Indian National Congress (INC,) on the 10th of September, resigned from the Party.
Ms. Matondkar contested as a Member of Parliament (MP) candidate of the INC from the Mumbai North constituency. However, she lost against Gopal Shetty, the MP candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
Speaking about the reason behind her resignation, Ms. Matondkar said, “First thought of resignation came to me when after my repeated efforts, no action was taken in pursuance of my letter dated 16th May, addressed to then Mumbai Congress President Mr Milind Deora,” She further said due to “vested interests in the party… and petty in house politics,” she is resigning from the INC.
Another reason cited by Urmila Matondkar was the Party’s betrayal.
Ms. Matondkar wrote a letter to Milind Deora, the former President of the INC in Mumbai, on the 16th of May, regarding some issues in the Party. However, the Party did not take any action and leaked the confidential content of the letter to the media.
According to sources, in the letter written to Mr. Deora, Ms. Urmila criticised the actions of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Sanjay Nirupam, the former President of the INC in Mumbai.
Ms. Matondkar addressed the media and criticised the INC and said, “Needless to say, no one from the Party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests.”
It is said Urmila Matondkar was also disappointed with the decision of the INC to appoint a few people to new and high positions despite their bad performance. She said, “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.”
The President of the INC and other leaders did not respond to Urmila Matondkar’s resignation yet.
Stay tuned for further updates.