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Ex-CM Kiran Reddy set to return to Congress, to meet Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati (AP) 

Former Kumar is set to return to the and the formality expected to be completed after a meeting with in tomorrow.

Reddy, who quit as and the in February, 2014 protesting against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, reached the national capital today for meeting Gandhi, party sources here said.

His meeting with the comes after party leaders held talks with him in the last two months.

The last of the united Andhra Pradesh, Reddy, after quitting floated the and fought the 2014 elections, but failed to make a mark.

At one point, speculation was rife that might join the BJP, but it did not materialise and he had been staying away from active for the last four years.

A former cricketer, turned into an in the past four years, one of his close friends, who too plays golf, said.

With the state assembly and Lok Sabha elections due next year, the Congress leadership started negotiations with Reddy over the past few months, seeking his to return to the parent organisation.

While conveying his inclination to make a comeback, Reddy has reportedly sought a key position in the All Congress Committee, befitting his stature.

The former Chief Minister, a bete noire of TDP supremo and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is said to be keen on becoming an AICC and has conveyed this to senior party leaders, who were in touch with him in recent days, the sources said.

Former union minister M M Pallam Raju and member T Subbarami Reddy had held talks with Reddy last month before AICC in-charge of Oommen Chandy met him in early this month.

Reddy also discussed his possible return to the Congress with his close friends to elicit their views.

Everyone is in favour of his return to the Congress fold, a of the former chief minister said.

Interestingly, Reddy's younger brother joined the TDP a few months ago.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 19:55 IST