Urmila Matondkar Quits Congress, Cites In-Party Differences
Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar has resigned from Congress party on Tuesday. She had joined the party five months ago in March ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
According to ANI, Matondkar was unhappy with petty politics within the party. She was disillusioned with the way the Congress has performed. She has also cited “lack of leadership” and “in-fighting” as the major reasons behind her decision.
“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 said in a statement.
She also expressed concern over “an act of blatant betrayal” in connection with a letter sent to former Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora.
Urmila Matondkar cited “lack of leadership” and “in-fighting” as the major reasons behind her decision.
Referring to the letter, Ms Matondkar said in her press note that it contained “privileged and confidential communication” that was conveniently leaked to the media which according to her was “an act of blatant betrayal.”
Urmila’s political stint
Film actor and political novice Urmila Matondkar had stepped into the Lok Sabha contest in the midst of all the action and joined the Congress party. She contested from Mumbai North parliamentary seat of Maharashtra but lost to BJP’s Gopal Shetty by a huge margin. While Matondkar got 2.41 lakh votes, Shetty swept 7.06 lakh votes.
Matondkar established herself as an actress with movies like Rangeela, Judaai, Satya and Khoobsurat and the 2000 thriller Jungle. She also achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with starring roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996) and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997).
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