Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Malda on Sunday was cancelled due to bad weather at Purnea and he has returned to Delhi from Kolkata.
He left the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata at 9.30 am.
West Bengal Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb told PTI that the Prime Minister was to fly to Purnea from Kolkata and reach Malda from there in a helicopter. "As the weather is bad in Purnea he has left for Delhi."
At Malda, Congress MP Abu Hassan Khan Chowdhury said he had been informed over phone by an official in charge of the PM's security that the trip was cancelled due to zero visibility caused by dense fog at Purnea.
"We are crestfallen as we had made a lot of preparation for this long awaited visit," he said.
The Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the house of late Congress stalwart A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhury at Malda and lay a wreath at his tomb. He had arrived in Kolkata yesterday and attended the convocation ceremony of Visvabharati University, of which he is the Acharya (chancellor).