Urmila Matondkar quits Congress six months after joining party, cites 'petty in-house politics' in Mumbai unit

  • Matonkar said that key members of Mumbai Congress were unable to transform party

  • The former Congress leader accused the Congress of using her as a mean to fight 'petty in-house politics'

  • The 44-year-old politician, who had contested from the North Mumbai constituency on a Congress ticket just before the Lok Sabha 2019 polls, had taken on BJP veteran Gopal Shetty

Six months after making her political debut, Congress' star face in Mumbai, Urmila Matondkar, on Tuesday resigned citing infighting in the party. Matondkar has announced her resignation at a time when the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections are just around the corner.

CNN-News18 quoted the actor-turned-politician as saying, "Key members of Mumbai Congress are unable to transform the party." She added that she would, however, continue to work for the people.

Matondkar accused the Congress of using her as a means to fight petty in-house politics.

"My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a means to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in the Mumbai Congress," Matondkar was quoted by as saying by ANI.

The 44-year-old politician, who had contested from the North Mumbai constituency on a Congress ticket in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls, had taken on BJP veteran Gopal Shetty.

 Urmila Matondkar quits Congress six months after joining party, cites petty in-house politics in Mumbai unit

File photo of Urmila Matondkar. AP

The announcement by Matondkar, who had bagged 2,41,431 votes across six segments of the Mumbai North seat, came as a huge embarrassment for the Congress which is struggling to keep its flock together ahead of the Maharashtra assembly polls, slated to be held in October.

Matondkar said the first thought of resignation came to her mind when she realised that "no action" was being taken despite her "repeated efforts" on her letter dated 16 May, addressed to the then Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora.

In her letter, Matondkar had criticised the conduct of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Sanjay Nirupam, a former Mumbai Congress president.

"Thereafter, 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 a blatant betrayal. Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests," she said.

Matondkar claimed some of the persons named in her letter for the "shoddy performance" of the Congress in the Mumbai North contest were "rewarded with newer positions" instead of fixing responsibilities.

"It is obvious that the key functionaries of the Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for
betterment of the party," she said.

While Matondkar was mum on her next political move, she said that she stood by her "thoughts and ideologies" and will continue to work for the people "with honesty and dignity".

With inputs from PTI 

Updated Date: Sep 10, 2019 17:22:08 IST