West Bengal assembly changes state name to ‘Bangla’

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 04:17pm on July 26, 2018


Mamata Banerjee. — NDTV photo

Indian state of West Bengal is going to rename its official name as ‘Bangla’ the state’s assembly approved the name-change on Thursday.

The new name needs the central government’s clearance, reports NDTV.

It will be ‘Bangla’ in all languages, according to a leader of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress.

Two years ago, a similar move had been stalled after the Mamata Banerjee government cleared a new name with three versions — Bangla in Bengali, Bangaal in Hindi and Bengal in English. The centre suggested one uniform name.

Mamata Banerjee has been angling for a new name for her state for some time now. One of her reasons is that West Bengal comes last in state lists, which means the chief minister gets to speak last in meetings, or often not at all.