A day of ahead of Diwali festival, Congress party’s troubleshooter and former Minister D.K. Shivakumar, who was granted bail by the Delhi High Court in the alleged money-laundering case, arrived to Bengaluru on Saturday evening.
He was provided rousing welcome by the party workers at the Kempe Gowda International Airport Limited in the City and at the party office on the Queens Road.
Mr. Shivakumar, who missed Ganesha festival, is expected to celebrate Diwali with his family, relatives, friends, and loyalists on Sunday.
Supporters of D.K. Shivakumar await his return with a garland made of apples.
Police made tight security arrangements at the airport and at the party office as large number of workers and loyalists of the leader gathered to welcome him.
Mr Shivakumar and KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao are expected to hold a press conference in the party office at 5 pm.
The former Minister and seven time MLA obtained bail on October 23. Many leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi called on Mr Shivakumar at Tihar Jail.
A party strongman, he was instrumental in forming the JD(S) and Congress coalition government. He is expected to return to active politics soon and galvanise party workers during the byelections to 15 Legislative Assembly constituencies, sources said.
Making a stop on his way from Kempegowda International Airport to the City to address his supporters, Mr. Shivakumar said that this was “not the end but the beginning” of his fight for justice.