Senior Congress MLA from Andhra Pradesh Buragadda Vedavyas on Wednesday quit the party to join actor Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam Party.
Vedavyas, who represented Malleswaram constituency in Krishna district twice between 1989 and 1994 and 2004 and 2009, also resigned as member of Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
He will formally join Praja Rajyam Party on Thursday.
Vedavyas had also served as the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly in 1993-94.
A leader belonging to the Kapu community, he is related to Chiranjeevi's brother-in-law and PRP leader Allu Aravind.
"I am impressed by the policies and philosophy of Praja Rajyam Party. Hence, I have decided to join it," he said.
Vedavyas met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and informed him about his decision to quit the Congress.
In the evening, Vedavyas met Assembly Speaker K R Suresh Reddy and handed over his letter of resignation.
Vedavyas is the second Congress MLA from Krishna district to switch sides to the PRP in the last one month after Vijayawada East MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishnan.