Kolkata: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday returned to Delhi from West Bengal without meeting Mamata Banerjee. There were reports that Ramesh would meet Mamata Banerjee during his three-day visit to the state in an attempt to improve the ties between the UPA’s top allies - the Congress and the Trinamool Congress.

Briefing the media, Ramesh said that he wanted to meet Banerjee but due to the busy schedule of the both leaders the meeting was postponed.

During his three-day visit, he visited South 24 Parganas, Purulia and Bankura to meet the officials to ascertain the implementation of various rural development schemes.

According to reports, when Ramesh was in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was doing campaigning for her party in Manipur.

The Trinamool Congress relationship with its ally Congress has soured over the last two month with local leaders from both parties not seeing each other eye-to-eye. There were also reports that after the resignation of Congress Minister Manoj Chakraborty from Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet in West Bengal, the relation between Congress and TMC worsened after which the Congress high command sent Ramesh to meet Mamata in an attempt to improve the ties.

According to sources, Ramesh had called Mamata but she deliberately kept herself busy with a schedule that clashed with Ramesh.

“TMC is a part of ruling (Congress) government. We are looking forward that Mamata will remain in the UPA. She is aware of her duties and responsibilities. Our political alliance will continue,” Ramesh said.

He also dismissed the reports that Congress supported Left Front parties in West Bengal in the recent protest against TMC government.

“People in West Bengal are happy with the political change. They have a lot many expectations from Mamata Banerjee’s government,” he added.

During his stay in the state, Ramesh also reviewed the implementation of central schemes in the state.