MUMBAI: Congress leader Milind Deora came out in support of Urmila Matondkar after she chose to resign from the party and opined that the Mumbai North Congress leaders should be held responsible.
Deora had resigned from the post of Congress party Mumbai unit president, final confirmation given to Balasaheb Thorat, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief, in a letter two weeks ago.
After @UrmilaMatondkar decided to fight LS elections from Mumbai North, I supported her campaign wholeheartedly as @INCMumbai President. I stood by her when she was let down by those who brought her into the party. Fully agree that Mumbai North leaders MUST be held accountable!— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 10, 2019
Actress turned politician Urmila Matondkar had joined the Congress party earlier this year to fight in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai North constituency. She lost to BJP's Gopal Shetty who had stronger voter base in the area.
She quit the party recently citing internal party politics as the reason and that there is infighting in Mumbai's congress units.
Before the media, she stated that the functionaries of the Mumbai Congress are not able to bring about a change in the organisation and work for the betterment of the party.
She was used as a means to fight the "petty in-house politics" instead of working for a bigger goal like the betterment of leadership and development in Mumbai Congress.
She slammed the conduct of two Congress leaders saying that they lacked the motivation, maturity, and discipline and created unnecessary controversies.
She had written a letter to Deora regarding the same but the letter was leaked to the media. She slammed this saying that she felt betrayed by the blatant act because not only no actions were taken but the letter was leaked to the media.
She added that two local leaders she named in the letter were given newer positions in North Mumbai instead of being accountable for their actions and omissions.
Mumbai Congress had faced internal crisis since Rahul Gandhi's decision to resign as the national president.