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

Almost two years after the West Bengal assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the State, the state assembly today passed a bill to change the state’s name from West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ in all three different languages.

Today’s development comes after the centre’s rejection of its earlier proposals of having three names in three different languages.

On August 29, 2016, the Assembly had passed a resolution changing the name of West Bengal to Bengal in English, Bangla in Bengali and Bangal in Hindi. Mamata Banerjee has been angling for a new name for her state for some time now. One of her reasons is that West Bengal comes last in state lists, which means the Chief Minister gets to speak last in meetings, or often not at all.


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