Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar quits Congress party

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New Delhi, September 10: Only six months after joining the Congress, actor Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday resigned from the party saying she was being used as a prop in the internal factional game of the Congress.

Urmila cited “petty in-house politics” in the Congress as a reason for her quitting the party.

“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,” she said. 

AICC Secretary in charge of Maharashtra Ashish Dua confirmed Matondkar’s resignation.

Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the North Mumbai seat. It was Matondkar’s maiden contest and she was defeated by over 4.6 lakh votes by BJP veteran Gopal Shetty.

Matondkar had joined the party right on the eve of Lok Sabha polls.

Congress leaders appeared visibly miffed at the actor’s impatience with some taking to Twitter to express their anxiety at the party leadership for giving “political tourists” more attention than loyalists.

Congress Leader CR Keshavan said, “People who have loyally stood by any party tend to get overlooked in favour of political tourists.”

Another actor politician in Congress Khushboo Sundar agreed to Kesavan and wrote, “You and I are loyal fools.” withPTI.