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Urmila Matondkar quits Congress citing "Petty In-House Politics"

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Urmila Matondkar quits Congress citing "Petty In-House Politics"
10 September, 2019
Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar, who entered politics by joining Congress in March this year ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, today announced that she resigned from the Congress party. Urmila has cited “petty in-house politics” for her unexpected move.

"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 organisation for betterment of the party," she said in a statement to the media.

"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, who unsuccessfully contested the Mumbai North seat against the BJP's Gopal Shetty, expressed concern over "an act of blatant betrayal" in connection with a letter sent to Milind Deora, who quit the post of the state party chief last week. Referring to her letter, Ms Matondkar told the media that not only no action was taken on her complaints, her letter - a "privileged and confidential communication" was "conveniently leaked to the media".

"Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests. Significantly,  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," she told the media.

In her letter dated 16th May, a week before the Lok Sabha election results were announced – Urmila Matondkar Matondkar had criticized the conduct of two local leaders, who, she said, was “lacking political maturity, discipline” were creating the controversies.

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