Mumbai: The day after actor-turned politicianUrmila Matondkar resigned from Congress party led by interim president Sonia Gandhi. Former Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora supported the decision saying that the leaders in Mumbai North must be held accountable.
“After UrmilaMatondkar decided to fight LS elections from Mumbai North, I supported her campaign wholeheartedly as INCMumbai President. I stood by her when she was let down by those who brought her into the party. Fully agree that Mumbai North leaders MUST be held accountable!” Milind tweeted saying.
After @UrmilaMatondkar decided to fight LS elections from Mumbai North, I supported her campaign wholeheartedly as @INCMumbai President. I stood by her when she was let down by those who brought her into the party. Fully agree that Mumbai North leaders MUST be held accountable!
— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 10, 2019
Matondkar resignation comes six months after she joined the Congress party saying “petty in-house politics”.
PTI said that in a statement, Matondkar said whether the Mumbai Congress chief is unable to change the party.
“My political and social sensitivities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to fight politics at home rather than work on a major goal in the Mumbai Congress.”
Matondkar reportedly said that the first idea of his resignation came to his mind when he realized that no action should be taken on his letter addressed to then Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora on May 16, despite his “repeated efforts” was living.
In her letter, Matondkar had criticized the conduct of Sandesh Kondwilkar and Bhushan Patil, a close aide of former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam.
“Subsequently, to my utter dismay, the letter containing privileged and confidential communications was easily leaked to the media, which according to me was an act of acrimonious betrayal. Needless to say that no one from the party was apologizing or even worried about me despite my repeated protests. “Urmila Matondkar, quoting PTI.
Matondkar allegedly claimed that some of the individuals named in her letter were “rewarded with new positions” for the Congress’ “substandard performance” in the Mumbai North competition, rather than fixing responsibilities.
“It is clear whether the Mumbai Congress chief is unable to bring changes and changes in the organization for the betterment of the party.”
However, Matondkar said she stood by her “thoughts and ideologies” and would continue to work “with honesty and respect” for the people.
Matondkar’s announcement came as a major embarrassment for the Congress, which is struggling to keep its flock together ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections to be held in October.
(With PTI Inputs)