The political atmosphere in Pune was charged on Saturday evening when Suresh Kalmadi returned home after more than nine months.
Kalmadi was given a big welcome at Lohegaon air port by his supporters, which included Congress workers, office bearers and elected representatives.
Hundreds of Kalmadi supporters were present since noon. They were shouting slogans and raising banners to welcome Kalmadi, who spent nine months in Tihar jail in connection CWG scam.
Kalmadi’s arrival in Pune two weeks before the civic polls scheduled on February 16 is set to be a big boost for party, even though he will be distancing himself officially from any campaigning.