Kolkata: The West Bengal Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’.
However, the change will require the approval of the Union home ministry to come into effect. The move follows months of back-and-forth between the state and the Centre over the proposal.
Earlier, 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.
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.