In another blow to Congress, Urmila Matondkar, who had joined the party just five months ago, has handed over her resignation to party’s chairman Sonia Gandhi, just weeks ahead of Maharashtra polls.
In a strong-worded statement, Urmila revealed the reasons behind her decision. The statement reads:
I’ve resigned from the Indian National Congress. First thought of resignation came to me when after my repeated efforts, no action was taken in pursuance of my letter dated 16th May, addressed to then Mumbai Congress President Mr. Milind Deora. 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. Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests. Significantly, some of the persons specifically named in my letter for the shoddy performance of INC in MUMBAI North were rewarded with newer positions instead of holding them accountable for their acts and omissions. However, it is obvious that the key functionaries of Mumbai Congress are either unable or not committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for betterment of 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.
I stand by all my thoughts and ideologies and will continue to work for people to the best of my capacity with honesty and dignity.
I thank all the people who helped and supported me through my journey. I also wish to sincerely thank the media.
Urmila, who had fought against BJP’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, got defeated.
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