Kolkata: West Bengal will become Bengal in English, “Bangla” in Bengali and “Bangal” in Hindi, after the state’s assembly backed the Mamata Banerjee government’s proposal.
“We have taken the decision. Bangla and Bengal. We had told the centre to please accept the decision of the assembly. We would like it passed in parliament next session,” Ms Banerjee said after a resolution was passed in the assembly.
Stating that the Left had opposed the name-change, she added: “The Left also tried to get the name changed, they failed. They are now opposing the name change…Those who have opposed the move, history will not forgive them.”
A big reason for the name change, proposed last month, was that the Chief Minister was fed up of having to speak last, or often not at all, at meetings involving states.
Terming this as historic, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted the people of the State. “I am sure people will be happy with the name ‘Bangla’ or Bengal. There was a need for ‘branding’ for Bengal. Our intention is to make Bengal the best in the world,” she said.
When asked if the new name will cause confusion with Bangladesh, CM replied: “There is a Punjab in Pakistan also. There is no confusion over Bangla and Bangladesh.”
She slammed the Opposition for playing politics over the name of the State. She said, “They have committed another historic blunder. Congress has become a frontal organisation of the CPI(M).”
Paying homage to the icons and stalwarts related to Bengal, she said in future the government will also come up with a logo for the State.