YSR Congress Party leader Subrahmanyam Reddy has joined the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at his residence on Monday.
The Chittoor leader joined the rival party along with his supporters.
The chief minister welcomed him and his supporters to the party and called Reddy a "decent and dignified man".
Naidu also sanctioned funds for the development of Kuppam assembly constituency, from where Reddy had contested thrice against him and lost on all occasions.
"I am sanctioning all funds needed for all-round development of Kuppam constituency. I have Laid CC roads, provided current, building drainages and only housing is pending," he said.