Actor turned politician, Urmila Matondkar, who joined the old grand ‘Indian Nation Congress’ earlier this year in March, quits from the party on Tuesday citing ‘petty in-house politics’ and inaction on the part of “key functionaries of Mumbai Congress” for the “betterment of the organization”.
She said, “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.”
Two other resignations of former ministers Kripashankar Singh and Harshawardhan Patil also came to crisis-ridden congress party on the same day. While Mr. Patil is all set to join BJP on Wednesday, it remains to be seen if Matondkar and Singh join any other party or not.
Following Matondkar’s resignation, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday requested Urmila Matondkar not to resign from the party due to “petty politics”.
While speaking to media, Mr Nirupam said, “I request Urmila Matondkar not to take such a big step due to petty politics. You are always welcome in the Congress party, please keep patience and work with the party.” He added, “It is very unfortunate for me that Urmila has left the Congress party. After a great request, she had joined the party.”
Mr. Nirupam continued,”After the Lok Sabha poll campaign, I went to her and congratulated her the way she did the campaign. I told her that she was very aggressive during the campaign and connected with the people. She has a great fan following. She has a future in Congress; I had requested her to keep away from internal petty politics. Otherwise, she will get frustrated.”
The actor turned politician contested her debut election from Mumbai North constituency, lost to BJP leader Gopal Shetty by 4,65,000 votes.