New Delhi Correspondent
The legislative assembly in the Indian state of West Bengal on Thursday passed a resolution to change the state’s name to “Bangla”.
However, the name-change needs the clearance of the federal Indian government. If the federal Home Ministry clears the change, only then it called “Bangla.”
Two years ago, a similar move had been stalled after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s government cleared a new name with three versions — Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English. The federal government had suggested a uniform name. West Bengal is now called “Paschim Banga” or “Paschim Bangla” in Bengali and Paschim Bangal in Hindi.
Mamata has been pressing for a new name for her state for quite some time now and one of the reasons is that alphabetically West Bengal comes last in state lists of speakers at any joint meeting of Indian states, which means the Chief Minister gets to speak last in meetings.
Seven years ago, the then Left Front government in West Bengal led by chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had cleared the renaming of the state to “Paschimbanga”. It was never cleared by the federal government.