The West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed the bill to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’. Also Read - Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee Sends Legal Notice to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari
The resolution passed in the state assembly will now be sent to the Home Ministry for consideration. Once approved, West Bengal’s name will officially be changed to ‘Bangla’. Also Read - West Bengal: 13 Dead in Road Accident Due to Fog in Jalpaiguri District
In September last year, the West Bengal had cleared the proposal to change the state’s name, which was later rejected by the Centre. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had proposed that the state be named Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English. Also Read - 'Bengal Maango Toh Cheer Denge': TMC's Madan Mitra Issues Violent Threat To BJP
According to the state government, it wanted the named to be changed because West Bengal is always last in a list of states in alphabetical order.
The state government’s demand to change the name to Bangla came after the Centre disapproved its proposal to change the name to ‘Paschim Bango’ when the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011.