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Mamata Banerjee decides to rename West Bengal as Bengal in English, Banga in Bengali
Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has decided to change the name of the State to Bengal. In the recent past though names of several Indian cities were changed, it may be the first move to change the name of a State.

West Bengal's Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Partha Chatterjee said, the State Cabinet took up a proposal to rename the State as "Bengal" in English and "Banga" or "Bangla" in Bengali.

Citing examples of other States like Odisha and cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, he said the word "Bengal" has the State's culture and heritage associated with it and so it has been decided to change it.

While the academicians often debate the desirability of keeping the "West" given there is no east Bengal now and some others question the material benefits of the name change, the State government has a totally different and a bizarre reason to initiate the exercise.

"The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee didn't take kindly to the fact that she got the last turn to speak at a meeting in New Delhi thanks to the alphabetical order where W is a backbencher. Once the name change comes into effect, it would put the State at the top in the pecking order."

Earlier, the State government had sent a proposal to the Centre for renaming West Bengal as "Paschim Bango", but that never got the green signal.

The State government has decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on August 26 to pass a resolution to this effect. Later, both houses of the Parliament have to pass the name change proposal. 

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