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West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to rename State as ‘Bangla’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the crowd during the annual Martyr’s Day rally, in Kolkata on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The proposed name change to State has been passed by the Assembly.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the crowd during the annual Martyr’s Day rally, in Kolkata on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The proposed name change to State has been passed by the Assembly.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to change the name of the State as ‘Bangla’ in three languages — Bengali, English and Hindi.

The proposal has been pending since August 2016, when the Assembly passed a resolution to change the name to ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi. The Centre, however, turned it down in 2017, objecting to having three names in three languages.

Education Minister Partha Chatterjee moved the resolution which was unanimously passed.

Participating in the discussion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she had personally taken up the issue with the Home Ministry. “They said that there cannot be three different names and we should stick to one name. “Even though we wanted three names, we have to follow instructions. Let us pass resolution for Bangla,” she said.

When the fresh proposal comes to the Home Ministry, it will prepare a note for the Union Cabinet for an amendment to the Schedule 1 of the Constitution, officials said in Delhi. Thereafter, a Constitution Amendment Bill will be introduced in Parliament, which has to approve it with a simple majority, before the President gives his assent to it, they said.

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