MUMBAI: The actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress barely five months ago, resigned from the party over “petty in-house politics".
"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," she said in a statement.
She added that the key functionaries of Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for the betterment of the party.
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee President Milind Deora resigned last week following the party's rout in the state in the national elections.
He conveyed his "final" decision in a letter to Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Balasaheb Thorat. In the letter, Deora said he had also informed Mallikarjun Kharge of his decision to quit. He was replaced by Eknath Gaikwad as the interim chief.
"Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests. Significantly, even 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," the actress added.
On May 16, Urmila wrote a letter, a week before the Lok Sabha election results were announced criticising the conduct of two local leaders Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil who were close associates of Sanjay Nirupam, who preceded Deora.