Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar quits Congress


Mumbai, Sep 10 (IANS): Caught in a web of intra-party politicking, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar abruptly quit the Congress on Tuesday, alleging 'betrayal' by the party.

"I hereby resign from the Indian National Congress (INC) as a member and from any post held in the INC. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for INC," said Matondkar in a terse letter to interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi dated September 7.

She said the first thoughts of resigning from the party came when -- despite her repeated efforts -- no action was taken in pursuance of her explosive letter dated May 16 to the former Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora, which was 'leaked' in early July.

"Thereafter, to my utter dismay, the said letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media, which according to me was an act of blatant betrayal," Matondkar said.

She claimed that nobody from the party was apologetic for the leak of the nine-page letter, nor was anybody concerned for her despite her repeated protests over the issue.

In the letter, Matondkar had named certain key persons in the party's local units at the block and ward levels and other infighting which reportedly resulted in her maiden electoral loss in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.

On the contrary, she pointed out that the persons she had specifically mentioned in the letter to Deora for their "shoddy performance" in Mumbai Congress were rewarded with newer positions, instead of being held accountable for their acts and omissions.

"It is obvious that the key functioneries of Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for the betterment of the party," a peeved Matondkar pointed out.

She said her "political and social sensibilities" refused to allow vested interests in the party to use her as a means "to fight petty in-house politics", instead of working on a bigger goal for the Mumbai Congress.

"I stand by all my thoughts and ideologies and will continue to work for the people to the best of my capacity with honesty and dignity. I thank all the people who helped and supported me through my journey," she signed off.

The popular actress had joined the Congress on March 27 this year and later unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North against sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty, who won by a staggering 4,65,000.

Nevertheless, she led a high-profile election campaign attracting huge crowds in all her public meetings, rallies and door-to-door canvassing with different sections of people in her constituency.

Despite her resounding electoral debacle, she remained in the limelight and weathered many a storm, including the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President, followed by a string of changes in the Mumbai Congress.

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  • ALPHONSO, BENDUR

    Wed, Sep 11 2019

    Whatever the petty matters, Urmila should have remained with the party. She would have succeeded in the near future. Would she have left her father and mother if there were petty matters in the family. Patience is missing in todays leaders. When she came into the limelight we all had a great hope for MUMBAI. she is now a loser like any other.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Sep 11 2019

    aayee urmilaa gayee urmilaa...she may join BJP...lot of her ex-congress already migrated to BJP...

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Wed, Sep 11 2019

    attention seekers without substance.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 11 2019

    Urmila madam, don't expect overnight success in politics. Kya soch kar ayi thi. Chief minister bana denge.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    BJP is not far Behind ...

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    There must be a better deal offered.

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Amit Shah is not a foolish to offer a deal to such a failed actress cum politician....

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  • vinayak, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Burnol moment for dongi supporters

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Urmila is not Irom Sharmila !!
    She tried her luck in politics based on her glamour , but everyone is not so lucky as Smrithi Irani ..

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  • Shoan D Souza, Sacheripet

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Congress is a failure if it continue with old methodology .Young people, development mantra, stop cast ,religion politics.Paji Manmohan ahead, Raga baba back seat.gate pass to Moily, Karge and other scrap.
    Urmila ? Forget her, new faces with eligibility are ready to enter with modern thinking.welcome them.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    She became a laughing stock, when she decided to contest in the Mumbai North, election.... She was licking her wounds, after the drubbing she received, at the hands of Gopal Shetty !! The Congress require more such jokers, to contest an election for a last desperate survival !!!!!!

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  • Hussain, AbuDhabi

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Congress is a big mess now. Internal fighting, no strong leader and no proper structure. Congress should look beyond Gandhis. Remove all old guards from the party.

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  • Manju, Kasaragodu

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    A good actress. Stint as a politician was not successful, but she can continue to do her bit by social service. We need not be leaders to serve our society. All d best "masoom" kid Urmila. We love you.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Urmila Matondkar, I liked her in Masoom, a good movie. Rangeela was a huge hit. I think she is a good human being, but I cant comment on her political acumen. She joined the grand old party at the wrong time. Anyways its her decision. All d best for her future endeavor.

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  • Devdas, Barkur

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Ms.Urmila...Milind actually unanimously supporting Gopal Shetty due to pressure from home. After all his wife belongs to bunts community none other than daughter of owner of Adlabs Manmohan Shetty. Now company taken over by reliance. kya kaare..kya na kaare..yeah mushkil..

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Politics is more than dancing to
    " Rang Rang Rangeela Re" tunes. She found out...
    RaGa was no Jackie Shroff either...
    So political honeymoon quickly over.

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  • Devdas, Barkur

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Gopal Shetty is having strong hold in this belt having support from all as done good work in this constituency Borivali. Previously it's constituency of present governor of U.P Ram Naik. What did urmila done on this region.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Borivili mein Betting ka Adda , Kandivili mein dance bar. she thought atleast for her Tanha Tanha dance she will get some votes .

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  • Devdas, Barkur

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    She now fit to be cast in poonam dhillon's role as in sisterly role. What opinion of urmila in regard to kashmir. Whether normalcy returned. Just tweet ramya about resignation...otherwise she felt left all alone.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Congress don't need leaders but required workers

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    Waise bhi leaders tho koi bache hi nahi hai ....

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Sep 10 2019

    She joined party for some purpose..It is complete now...So, Good bye to Party...Raul Gandhi lost one more bird after Ramya...

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