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West Bengal assembly passes resolution to rename state as ‘Bangla or Bengal’

The West Bengal Assembly on Monday passed a resolution for renaming the state as ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bengal’ in English, weeks after a proposal in this regard was put forward by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee.AV

The proposal was approved by the special session of the West Bengal Assembly, which was convened on August 26 to discuss the renaming of the state.

“We have taken the decision. Bangla and Bengal. We had told the Centre to please accept the decision of the assembly. We would like it to be passed in Parliament next session,” Banerjee said after a resolution was passed in the assembly.

Banerjee, during her first stint as the Chief Minister of the state, had raised the issue of practicality of administration. The state representatives, both at the political and bureaucratic levels, expressed their frustrations due to being at the bottom of national level meetings, as West Bengal featured way down in the alphabetical order. This was a problem, according to Banerjee as it resulted in the state’s voice being neglected or unheard at these forums. The thought got finally pushed into action after Mamata Banerjee returned from the Chief Ministers’meet in New Delhi, where she was very vocal on the issue of protection for federal rights of the state.

The previous Left government led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had also proposed “Pascghimbanga” as an alternative to West Bengal but had failed to pass a referendum on the issue. The name West Bengal came into existence when Bengal got divided into East and West Bengal. East Bengal became a part of Pakistan after independence but the 1971 war saw it become an independent country of Bangladesh.

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