The West Bengal assembly has passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’.
Though the process for final approval will be long drawn requiring an amendment to the constitution, the move is aimed at climbing the alphabetical sequence of state names in which West Bengal appears last in the list now.
The resolution said the state will be called Bangla in three languages – Bengali, English and Hindi.
State education minister Partha Chatterjee moved the resolution in the House which was unanimously passed.
The state BJP, however, later said that it was in favour of renaming West Bengal as ‘Paschim Bango’ (West Bengal) and not ‘Bangla’. The Centre had in the past rejected the state government’s proposal of having three names – Bangla (in Bengali), Bengal (in English) and Bangal (in Hindi). The Mamata Banerjee government’s move to rename West Bengal as ‘Paschim Bango’ in 2011 was also turned down by the Centre.
She told the assembly, “There were detailed discussions on the name change many times. Last time, it was discussed on August 29, 2016. The Union home ministry did not act on our proposal of changing the name for two years. Subsequently, I had personally requested the Union home minister.”
The chief minister said, “The home ministry told us that three names cannot be approved and we have to choose any one name for our state and pass another resolution in the assembly.”