Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar will join the Shiv Sena on Monday. She exited the Congress just five months after contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Details regarding her joining have not been disclosed yet.
The development came amid recent fallouts with Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut after the she equated Mumbai to “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”. This was a sharp attack on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the BMC demolishing her office at Mumbai’s Pali Hill.
Matondkar responded to her remark questioning about her home state of Himachal Pradesh which was “a bastion of drug abuse”.
Marathi Mulgi’ Matondkar had resigned from the grand old party in September 2019 citing ‘petty politics’ that defeated her ‘bigger goal’ for Mumbai’s Congress. She lost the Mumbai North seat to BJP’s Gopal Shetty.
“My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a means to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress,” she said in a statement.
She also called out close aides of senior Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam, for “conveniently” leaking a “confidential” letter.
“To my utter dismay, the 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,” she had alleged.
Urmila Matondkar was picked by the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi last month for nomination to the state legislative council.