Actress-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Quits Congress

Actress-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Quits Congress

Actress-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Quits Congress 

New Delhi: Actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress barely five months ago ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, quit today with a barbed statement that left the party red-faced ahead of the coming assembly elections in Maharashtra.

Underscoring the deep factionalism within the party, Ms Matondkar said did not wish to be used for "petty in-house politics".

"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."

The actor-turned-politician, who unsuccessfully contested the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat during national election in April-May against the BJP's Gopal Shetty, also 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, containing "privileged and confidential" information was "conveniently leaked to the media".

The star of hits like Rangeela (1995), Judaai (1997) and Mast (1999), Ms Matondkar had joined a long list of actors-turned-politicians in March.