Urmila Matondkar a casualty of Nirupam-Deora political tussle?

The 'Rangeela' star had complained to the party brass about the lack of support from the state unit.

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(L-R) Sanjay Nirupam, Urmila Matondkar and Milind Deora sharing a light moment during the Congress party meeting.
The infighting in the Mumbai Congress and the inability of the central party leadership to rein it in has led actress Urmila Matondkar to quit the party on Tuesday.

Matondkar, who had joined the party earlier in March this year, had contested against Gopal Shetty of the BJP in Mumbai North constituency. Though she was a newbie to the political arena, the 45-year-old had put up a brave fight and won many admirers for the manner in which she conducted herself while campaigning against Shetty.

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The 'Rangeela' star, apparently, had been upset with the party machinery for a while. The first sign of trouble was visible during the Lok Sabha elections when senior party functionaries who were designated to work for her during the campaign stopped helping her, and instead pitched their support to former Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam who was contesting from the neighbouring Mumbai North West constituency.

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Though Urmila Matondkar's resignation has come now, she had been upset with the party machinery for a long while

The actress had then raised the issue with the then Mumbai Congress Chief Milind Deora, and had also spoken to senior Congress leaders. Following this top Congress leaders had come to Mumbai to ‘resolve the issue’. Matondkar, who eventually lost the polls, had written a mail to the Congress top brass complaining about the behavior of the party workers. In the midst of the Deora-vs-Nirupam factional war, this letter was leaked to the media which put her in a piquant position.

She publicly expressed her disapproval over the leak of the letter, which again has figured in her media release.
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"To my utter dismay, the said letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media which according to me was a blatant act of betrayal," the actress said.


Sources in the Congress said that the entire episode was mismanaged and that no one had spoken to her to understand or resolve the issue. Miffed at the lack of importance given to her grievance, Matondkar mentions in the release that "no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite repeated protests."

Matondkar's exit comes at a time when the Congress has been hit by infighting which has led to a few exits as well from the state unit. Those close to her and in the Congress said that the resignation was not just a reflection of the infighting in the Mumbai unit of the party but also a indictment of the Congress leadership that could not take any action or resolve the issue.

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“My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a means to fight petty in house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress,” she said.


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