Actor Urmila Matondkar resigns from Congress after five months

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Mumbai: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday resigned from the party.

Urmila Matondkar’s decision to resign from the Congress comes merely five months after she joined the party in March ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

In July, a letter written by Matondkar criticising trusted aides of her senior colleague Sanjay Nirupam triggered a war of words in the state unit of the party, few days after the resignation of then party’s Mumbai chief Milind Deora.

In the letter, dated May 16, addressed to Deora, Matondkar had criticised the conduct of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Nirupam. She highlighted the failure of the party leadership on coordination at the local level, mobilising workers at grassroots and failure to provide proper resources to her by the two campaign coordinators.

Citing petty politics as the reason, Urmila Matondkar said, 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 Matondkar had joined the Congress in March saying she was here to stay and will not leave after the elections.

“I am here because I believe in the ideology of Congress and what the party stands for. I have not joined the party for the sake of elections,” Urmila had said as she was welcomed by the then Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Urmila Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North seat as a Congress candidate.

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