July 26, 2018
West Bengal to “Bangla” – State Assembly approves name change
West Bengal is a step closer to becoming “Bangla”, with all parties in the State approving the name-change in the Assembly today. The new name needs the centre’s clearance.
It will be “Bangla” in all languages. Two years ago, a similar resolution was passed by the Mamata Banerjee government. That resolution suggested a new name with three versions — Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English. The centre suggested one uniform name.
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.