Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday formally rejoined Congress party after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

“I am very happy that I am coming back to the Congress family,” said Mr. Reddy, who had represented the party for four terms in the undivided Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

“Whatever identity I have got, it is because of Congress,” Mr. Reddy said recalling his family’s association with the party.

Mr. Reddy was the last Chief Minister of the undivided Andhra Pradesh. He quit Congress in February 2014, opposing the bifurcation. He then founded the Jai Samaikyandhra party.

“Unless Congress comes back to Delhi, justice will not be done to the Telugu people,” Mr. Reddy said. He accused the Union government, the State governments and the opposition of “failing miserably” in implementing the AP State reorganisation Act.

Welcoming Mr. Reddy, former Kerala Chief Minister and AICC person in charge of Andhra Pradesh Oommen Chandy expressed optimism that other leaders who left the party would return to the party fold.

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