Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar resigned from the Congress on Tuesday citing “vested interests” and “petty in-house politics” within the Mumbai unit of the party.

“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 stated in her resignation letter. 

She also expressed concern over "an act of blatant betrayal" in connection with a letter sent to former Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora. 

Urmila had earlier expressed displeasure over the leak of the letter in which she had made scathing comments against trusted aides of her senior colleague Sanjay Nirupam. 

Matondkar, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai North constituency, wrote the letter to the party leadership criticising the conduct of Sandesh Kondvilkarand Bhushan Patil, close associates of Nirupam, a former Mumbai Congress president.

In the missive, she highlighted the failure of party leadership at local level on coordination, mobilising workers at grassroots, failure to provide proper resources to her by the two campaign coordinators.

An articulate and popular actress, she had joined the Congress on March 27 this year and later contested the Mumbai North Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty.

Despite the debacle, she remained a high-profile leader who weathered many a storm including the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President, followed by a string of changes in the Mumbai Congress.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta