A resolution was passed in West Bengal Assembly on Monday to change the name of the state as 'Bangla' in Bengali and 'Bengal' in English. The proposal was passed some weeks back by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Mamta Banarjee said, "Everyone would be happy with the change of name of Bengal. The people of Bengal have accepted the name 'Bangla'. We have given importance to that. Congress, CPM, BJP have opposed to the renaming of the state. If the opposition is doing this for the sake of it, then it is very much unfortunate."
Mamta said, “The resolution will be send to the centre so that it would also be passed in the Parliament.”
"Bombay has become Mumbai, Chennai has been renamed as Tamil Nadu and there are many other instances. The base is Bengal and we want to take everyone along with us. We are proud as Bengalis. Our intention is to make Bengal world famous. I hope this decision will be good for Bengal. There should be a brand of Bengal. We are proud that with your help, we could adopt this name," she added.
Mamata added, "Those who did not support us in this, the future won't forgive them. It will remain as a blot. The Congress has turned into a frontal organisation of the CPM by opposing everything. They play 'narad narad' by seeing any issue."
"If the people of a party control the government like this, then you can understand that their intention is to oppose at every single step. Why should any middleman take its responsibility and say they won't allow it? This is wrong and if need be, I will talk about this with the Home Minister," she added.
"Just because they could not pass the resolution, they are criticising it. I don't think they have the right to do politics in Bengal who do not support anything for the benefit of Bengal. This is very unfortunate. We are also against the policies of the Centre but we cannot allow losses of crores in the name of Bandhs," she said.
On August 26, the proposal was approved by the special session of the West Bengal Assembly to pass the resolution.
The proposal was sent by the state government in 2011 to change the name of West Bengal as "Paschim Bango", but the state never got the green signal.
Another motive for modifying the name of the state is that whenever there is any meeting of all states, West Bengal comes at the bottom of the list alphabetically.
In 1947, after India was divided, Bengal was splited into East Bengal and West Bengal. Now, East Bengal is a part of Pakistan.