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Infighting within Mumbai Congress out in open

September 12, 2019

Following the resignation of Urmila Matondkar from the party, the divide within the Mumbai Congress has become evident. Party leader Milind Deora has said that "Mumbai North leaders" must be held accountable for the actor-turned-politician's resignation from the party.

After Urmila Matondkar decided to fight the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North, I supported her campaign wholeheartedly as the (Mumbai Congress) 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, Congress leader

Deora tweeted this after Matondkar, who joined the Congress barely five months ago ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, quit on Tuesday over the infighting in the Congress's Mumbai unit.

In a statement to the media she said, "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."

Matondkar unsuccessfully contested the Mumbai North seat against the BJP's Gopal Shetty. She also said there was an "act of blatant betrayal" in connection with a letter sent to Deora, who also quit the post of the state party chief last week.

She said the letter was "privileged and confidential communication" that was "conveniently leaked to the media".

She also said that no one from the party apologised to her despite 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."

In her letter, which was sent a week before the election results were announced, Matondkar had criticised the conduct of two local leaders. She said they lacked "political maturity, discipline".

Deora confirmed his resignation as president of the party's Mumbai unit last week.

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