Waving cricket bats, hundreds of Congress activists gave a roaring welcome to former minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor as he arrived on his first visit to his home state after quitting over the IPL row.
But a smaller group of protesters allied to the Communist Party of India (CPI) held posters of the Congress MP and his friend Sunanda Pushkar, whose links to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Kochi franchise triggered the controversy that has turned into the country's worst sports crisis.
But the police kept the two groups apart. Around 50 opposition activists were arrested.
My work will speak for itself: Shashi Tharoor