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West Bengal Assembly Unanimously Votes To Change The State Name To 'Bangla'

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| July 26 , 2018 , 18:18 IST

Ignoring different opinions over development and governance in the state, lawmakers in West Bengal unanimously voted to change the name of the state to 'Bangla' on Thursday.

In August 2016, the Trinamool Congress had passed similar resolution to change the name of the state.

In that resolution, it was proposed to change the name into three different languages of English, Hindi and Bengali. The proposed name was Bengal, Bangal and Bangla.

The opposition parties had opposed that idea of having multiple names in different languages and described the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee decision as a “historic blunder.”

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''The central government had also not approved the proposal and asked the state to decide one name for all languages instead three,'' Banerjee said in the assembly on Thursday.

Banerjee is someone who always wanted the state to be referred to as Bengal but in the end, she also settled for the name change in September 2017.

Banerjee took the decision to change the name to lift the state in alphabetical order.

Under the left Rule in Bengal in 1999, the state’s legislative assembly had passed the proposal to change the name to Bangla.

The name of the state can only change after getting the approval from the Centre.