Urmila Matondkar with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when she joined the party (image: twitter)

Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar has quit the Congress party on Tuesday after almost five months of joining. She has blamed “vested interests in the party” and “petty in-house politics”.

In a statement she issued concerning her decision to resign, she mentioned about misconduct by aides of senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam. She had asked the party to take action against them in a letter she wrote to Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora. However, she alleged, the party took no action despite her repeated requests

The statement 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.”

In her letter, Matondkar had criticised Nirupam’s trusted aides Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil. Besides, she also highlighted the failure of the party leadership in matters of coordination at the local level, mobilising workers at the grassroots and failure to provide proper resources to her by the two campaign coordinators.

Following the stepping down of Congress’Mumbai chief Milind Deora, the letter got leaked into the media in July, prompting a clash in the state unit of the party.

As Matondkar tendered her resignation, she alleged that “no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned” towards her despite her repeated efforts.

Further hitting out at the grand old party’s Mumbai unit, she said “the key functionaries of Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed” to bring about any change and transformation in the party for its betterment.

She had also criticised the way “rewards” were offered to party leaders in Mumbai North, despite their “shoddy performance” in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, during which the party lost all five seats in Mumbai.

Towards the end of her statement, she said that she stands by all her “thoughts and ideologies” and will continue to work for the benefit of people to the best of her abilities with honesty and dignity.

 

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