Former Union Minister A Sai Pratap on Thursdaythe ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh.

He was formally admitted into the party by TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.

As a Congress leader, Sai Pratap had served as a member of Parliament for six terms from Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency in Kadapa district.

He was a close friend of former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy who too belonged to Kadapa district.

Sai Pratap was the Union Minister of State for Steel in the UPA 2 government headed by Manmohan Singh.

He quit the Congress in 2014 protesting the bifurcation of AP.

He stayed away from politics after quitting Congress.