International desk, July 26: The West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ from West Bengal.
The resolution will now be sent to the Home Ministry for approval.
In August 2016, the Bengal government had passed a resolution to give three new names to the state: ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi.
The Home Ministry had rejected that plan, uncomfortable with the idea of a state having three different names.
The state cabinet then passed a fresh resolution to keep just one name for the state, Bangla, on September 8 last year. That resolution got passed in the Assembly today.
The interest to drop the ‘West’ from West Bengal’s name has been a common one for the state’s dwellers. The logic behind was simple: why should there be a ‘West’ Bengal when there’s no longer an ‘East Bengal’?
None of the options for a new name, however, have had a clear majority, be it Bangla, Bengal, or Bangal.
If the Centre does approve the fresh resolution, people will simply have to embrace the name ‘Bangla’.
Source: India Today