March 25, 2019 | 7:33 AM IST

Assembly passes resolution to rename West Bengal as ‘Bangla’

West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ in three languages – Bengali, English and Hindi. Earlier, the Central Government had rejected the State Govt.’s proposal to have three names: Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English, and Bangal in Hindi.
However, the final approval for the resolution will be passed by the Union Home Minister and the name will be changed to ‘Bangla’ only after the green signal from the Union Home Minister. In 2011, the Mamta Banerjee government also proposed to change the name of West Bengal as ‘Paschim Bango’, but, the Centre turned down the proposal. Later in 2016, the WB assembly passed a resolution to change the state’s name as Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English, and Bangal in Hindi, but, the Centre had sent back the proposal.
The state government then again in 2017 sent another proposal to change the name to ‘Bangla’ in all three languages, Bengali, English, and Hindi. The idea behind changing the state’s name from West Bangal to Bangla is dissimilar alphabetical series of the state name in all three different languages, Bengali, Hindi, and English.

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